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    that my 11-year-old niece was told NOTHING about the Newtown tragedy by either her parents or any adult at her school.  But the kids found out about it anyway and decided to make their own contingency plans because a lot of them think of themselves as superheroes at that age ... nominating members of their group to be the designated killer kickers, eye-puncher-outers, etc., all responses that would have likely caused them to lose their lives in the event they ever found themselves in a similar situation.  So I explained to my niece that those were great back-up plans, but their first response ought to be to hide in a closet if they could, or in the corners of the room nearest the door if that was their only option, etc.  I'm sure she was relieved to be able to talk to a grown-up about it.  I also explained that the odds of such a thing happening in her school were terribly small, similar to the odds of winning the lottery, a concept she grasped immediately and seemed to calm her considerably from that point forward.

    It's unfortunate that these things need to be discussed with kids, but saying nothing just lets the worst elements of their imaginations run free and ultimately makes things worse for them.

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

    by Neuroptimalian on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 01:07:17 AM PST

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