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Students, parents begin school week with new fears

Therapist Encourages Plan For Kids Dealing With School Shooting

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Friday's Connecticut school massacre is raising new concerns for parents and students.

Twenty Sandy Hook Elementary School first graders were killed when an armed gunman forced his way into their school.  Seven adults were also found dead, including the suspect's mother, who authorities said was killed earlier in the day.

"It's going to be so hard to send them to school, you never know what could happen," said Evette Vigil.

Vigil was among a group of people holding a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Saturday in Colorado Springs.

"We are all familiar with how upsetting it is to watch the news over and over again," said therapist Erica Laue.

Laue said it's normal for children and adults to react with fear and concern after these type of traumatic events. 

She encourages parents to talk with their children about their feelings.  For younger children, Laue said activities like art and music are alternative methods.

Laue emphasizes parents should keep the barrage of news stories away from their children and emphasize the rarity of the incident.  She said overtime, concerns will fade.

While many Colorado Springs students will be in class on Monday, there are 436 survivors in Connecticut who won't be.  The Newtown School District has yet to release a date when they will return.  But said, when they do, they will be at a school in a neighboring Connecticut town.  Students at the other public schools in Newtown have Monday off.


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