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Updated: 12/14/2012 7:59 pm
It is all about probability vs. possibility for the kids affected by Fridays shooting. Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Michael Ratheal, said kids need to be reminded that there is a small probability of something like this happening, not that it is possible.

She said the younger the child the less he or she should be exposed to the footage but the need increases for explaining the facts. For children near the incident, and those afar, the key is being honest.

"You can not tell children that it isn't going to happen to us, or somewhere near Connecticut," Ratheal said. "I think to help them understand that adults are dedicated to their safety. that local law enforcement, parents, the people in their schools, everybody is going to be alarm and alert."

Dr. Ratheal said that children should know that when a problem arises steps are taken to protect them from it.
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Liberty Seeker - 12/15/2012 7:46 AM
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It is time to check the families of all government employees (not just teachers). The disease of "Going Postal" is affecting their children. I wonder how the shooter entered the school. I thought that schools had been secured. Did the shooter have an accomplice on the payroll that deliberately left a door unlocked, or did his mother have a key, that the shooter took after killing her? ......... How do tell the children that everything is alright, when we know that it might not be true.
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