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Explaining Connecticut Shooting To Our Children

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As we continue learning details about Friday's Connecticut school shooting, some of the focus now shifts to parents who have to tackle the tough subject with their own children.

Parents we talked to in Reno say they're each handling the situation the best way they know how.

Camie Cragg-Lyman isn't quite ready to tell her 5-year-old what happened.

"I just feel the need to keep him innocent right now and not let him be scared," she says.

Camie says Friday's shooting still has her shaken up.

"It was about the children, and being a parent, that's one of the biggest nightmares. It is why I don't want to talk to him about it."

Parents say talking to little kids about such a sensitive subject is not easy.

"It's very tough," says Michelle Huntoon. "I don't know that you can explain it that anybody can actually understand because I don't understand. I don't understand how somebody can take the lives of children, let alone adults."

One woman says the long-term effects of Friday's shooting will be felt in classrooms around the country. Older generations of students never had to prepare for something like this.

"For them to have to learn the techniques of locking their rooms down and getting in corners that aren't visible," says Janice Marini. "It's heartbreaking."

Parents say it is heartbreaking to even have these conversations with children so young. We find one couple who explained to their 6-year-old daughter what happened in Newtown.

"I told her what happened, that a bad man went into the school and hurt some children," says Angie Guthrie. "She took it okay actually."

Parents are doing their best to get their kids prepared for school on Monday morning, but they say most 5 or 6-year-old children will struggle to grasp how tragic this shooting was.

"To them, I think it's what happens in the movies or what you see on TV," says Huntoon. "It's not something that happens in your school."

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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