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Health: Helping Children Deal With Today’s School Shooting

Originally posted on CBS Philly:

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By Stephanie Stahl

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Today’s school shooting in Connecticut is shocking for the children who lived through it and for those watching and hearing about the tragedy. There will naturally be a lot of fear and anxiety following this shooting, but experts say it’s important to reassure children they’re safe and encourage them to express their feelings.

“It doesn’t even seem real. It just does not seem like it’s even possible,” expressed a mother at the scene in Connecticut.

The horror is real. Children massacred at a school in Connecticut. How can you make sense of the senseless?

“I think that initially we all react the same way, in shock. And at times there is no rational explanation,” said Dr. Taliba Foster, a Psychiatrist with the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center. The Center is where children who witness violence in Philadelphia get treatment.

“It’s…

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