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Talking to your kids about the STEM School shooting

Posted at 5:16 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 14:46:46-04

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. —Two suspects were taken into custody following a shooting at STEM School in Highlands Ranch Tuesday afternoon. Eight people were injured.

News of another school shooting has shaken the community, adults and children alike. But learning about the terrible violence that broke out at the school can have a bigger impact on our kids.

Metro State University Professor Shawn Worthy said it’s important to first reassure your children that they are safe as they begin to try to understand what happened.

“You reassure them about their safety and the people who are around them to keep them safe,” Worthy said. “That’s what you want to key in on.”

Worthy said it’s important to talk to your kids about their anxiety and about “the craziness of our culture.”

The American Psychological Association recommends limiting your child’s exposure to news of the event because of research showing that some young children believe it’s reoccurring every time footage is replayed.