The shootings that happened in Aurora Colorado can also affect kids who also hear about the tragedy. Kids might hear their parents talk about it or see reports on TV.
Bend counselor Jane Meyers says to be straight- forward when handling their questions about "why" this happened. "I think the only thing I would say to a child is: you know the person that did that was very, very sick. And sometimes when people get sick, they do terrible things."
She says you can compare it to when you are feeling very sick or have a hurt, and you say or do things just because you are hurt. She says that taking the opportunity to talk to the child about how this can help you think more about positive things is healthy.