Hays CISD Superintendent Jeremy Lyon released a statement today in response to the Connecticut school shooting. Tips he offered for helping explain the episode to students:
- Remain calm in front of your children. Children will often look to us for how to react to a situation. Reassure them by remaining calm.
- Do not allow your children to watch television or Internet coverage of the tragedy. Children can be scare or anxious of what they see or hear through the media. Research after the Columbine tragedy and Sept. 11 suggests that it is best that parents do not allow their children to watch this coverage.
- Be careful in talking with your children about fear, terrorism or shootings. Children are not emotionally able to deal with these situations. If they have questions, be simple and brief in your answers but focus on reassuring them that they are loved and safe.
- Spend more time with your children. If your children have already heard about the news, they may require more attention and will benefit from time with your reassurance.
- The best reaction is to let your children know they are loved and safe. If your children need to talk to someone at their school about what has happened, school counselors will be available on Monday to help.