Headline RoundupMay 26th, 2022

Tips for Parents on Talking to Kids About School Shootings

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The country's response to the latest U.S. school shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas involves tough questions about laws and rights, but also about how to talk to children about guns and violence at schools.

Since 1966, there have been 13 school shootings in the U.S. "in which four or more victims are murdered with at least one of those homicides taking place in a public location" and "with no connection to underlying criminal activity," according to an analysis from The Conversation (Lean Left bias). In those shootings, 146 people were killed and at least 182 injured, excluding the shooters. The three deadliest have happened in the past decade: 2012’s Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Connecticut, when 26 children and school staff were killed; 2018's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, in which 17 people were killed; and Tuesday's shooting, when at least 19 children and two adults were killed.

News sources across the political spectrum highlighted tips for parents when talking to their children. Many emphasized listening, patience, and awareness of kids' social media consumption as key virtues. Some sources from left to right showed differences in which resources and responses they recommended. One NPR article highlighted a list of resources from the American School Counselor Association, and suggested encouraging kids to take action "in initiatives to address gun violence." Another Fox News article emphasized how parents should "be the trusted source" of information, and suggested encouraging kids to pray and be resilient. 

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