How to talk to your child about a traumatic event like a school shooting

Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 7:08 PM

Talking To Your Child About A Traumatic Event Like A School Shooting

School shootings have become an unfortunate fact of life in the U.S. 

No matter how hard officials try to protect students or how many safeguards schools implement, gun violence is a sad and life-threatening reality in American classrooms.

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If your child is a witness to a school shooting or knows someone who was, it might be time to address the issue head on and talk about the trauma.

Some children express their emotions when confronted with a stressful situation and others don’t.

Whatever the case, parents should be prepared to talk and, most importantly, listen to their children.

Atlanta social worker Juan Moore suggests parents continue to talk with their children about what happened for several days or weeks after the incident.

“Even if you think your child is alright, there can be a delayed response,” Moore said.

Here are some tips from the American Psychological Association for dealing with children and trauma:

  • Think about what you want to say. Some advanced planing may make the discussion easier.
  • Find out what they know. For example, there was a shooting at a school or a bomb set off in another country. Ask them “What have you heard about this?” And then listen.
  • Tell the truth. Lay out the facts at a level they can understand. You do not need to give graphic details.
  • Sometimes the answer to the question is “I don’t know. “Why did the bad people do this?” “I don’t know.”
  • Above all, reassure. At the end of the conversation, reassure your children that you will work to keep them safe and to watch out for them. Be available to answer any questions or talk about this topic again in the future. Reassure them that they are loved.

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Thief uses oxygen tank to blow up ATM, police say

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:47 PM

Cobb County authorities said a thief blew up an ATM and took an unspecified amount of money.
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Cobb County authorities said a thief blew up an ATM and took an unspecified amount of money.(WSB-TV)

Courtney Brimanson and her husband were sound asleep when they heard an explosion miles away from their Mableton home. 

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“It just woke me up, out of a dead sleep,” she told WSB-TV, “and I was trying to figure out what had happened.” 

That explosion was a thief using an oxygen tank to blow up an ATM on Veterans Memorial Parkway, Cobb County police said. 

Cobb fire officials said a suspect is in custody, but the name has not been released, WSB reported.

Police do not know how much money was stolen from the machine, which hasn’t been replaced. 

Officials are still investigating what the thief used with the oxygen tank to make the ATM explode. 

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“I was really thankful everybody was OK,” Brimanson said. “I was worried somebody got hurt.”

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George, Amal Clooney donate $500,000 to Parkland shooting survivors

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 12:24 PM

Parkland Shooting Victims Receive $500,000 Donation From George, Amal Clooney

Nearly a week after the Valentine’s Day shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school, George and Amal Clooney have announced they will participate in The March For Our Lives on March 24 and have donated $500,000 to the group.

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The celebrity couple made the announcement in a statement from George Clooney. People reported the donation was made in the name of the couple’s 8-month-old twins Ella and Alexander.

“Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School,” Clooney said in a statement. “Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country, and in the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we’re donating $500,000 to help pay for this groundbreaking event. Our children’s lives depend on it.”

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The March of Our Lives event was announced by Students David Hogg, Alex Wind, Cameron Kasky, Jacqueline Coren and Emma Gonzalez, five survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. On Feb. 14, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire at the school, killing 17 people.

Related: Florida school shooting timeline: Seven minutes, three floors and 17 dead

Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

The March For Our Lives march will be in Washington, D.C. According to the group’s website, “the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end this epidemic of mass school shootings.”

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Mueller investigation: Lawyer pleads guilty to lying to investigators in Russia probe

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:26 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:26 PM

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An attorney pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying to the FBI in the agency's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to President Donald Trump's campaign.

The charges against lawyer Alex Van Der Zwaan are the latest in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

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Bride stuck in elevator almost misses reception

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:24 PM

WATCH: Bride Stuck In Elevator On Wedding Day

You don’t want to be late for a wedding reception, especially if you’re the bride.

That’s what happened to a bride in Rhode Island, The Associated Press reported.

Melissa Rodger was on her way to the 18th floor at the Providence Biltmore hotel over the weekend.

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The elevator stopped 4 feet short of the floor, the AP reported.

It took the aid of firefighters to get the bride on her way to her party.

The rescue took about 45 minutes to happen, but the reception was only delayed for about 20 minutes, the AP reported.

A repair person got the elevator working later.

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