School shootings: Coping tips to help kids deal with stress

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by TERESA YUAN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 11 at 10:07 AM

SEATTLE – Safety is on the minds of many parents, students and school districts following school shootings in the past week at Seattle Pacific University and a high school in Oregon.

Seattle Public Schools notified all principals of what was happening Tuesday at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Ore. A student and the gunman were killed.

The district says it practices active shooter drills at schools every month. It also received a $1 million dollar grant from the state superintendent’s office to implement a new security system next school year that will include video monitors and better communication with police.

Disaster response experts have these tips for parents on talking to children about school shootings:

  • Don't lie or sugarcoat the truth, but don't discuss every horrifying detail
  • Stick to the facts
  • Keep the discussion age appropriate
  • Keep your child’s routines the same
  • Emphasize that this is a rare event

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