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Resources for Responding to Violence and Tragedy

Expert advice for teachers and parents on reassuring children after disturbing events.


PreK–K , 1–2 , 3–5 , 6–8 , 9–12

High profile acts of violence can be traumatic for students as they struggle to understand their feelings of fear, worry, anger, and sadness. They may be wondering: Why did this happen? Could it happen here? Am I safe? And they look to adults for information and guidance on how to react.

The tips, articles, and resources gathered here provide expert advice about anticipating and answering questions about scary news events; ideas on working with parents who may also be struggling to answer their children’s questions; and information on the warning signs that indicate a child is struggling emotionally.

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