Host: What should I tell my adolescent about a school shooting?
Dr. Hayley Sherwood: With an adolescent after a school shooting, it is important to talk directly about the tragedy and answer questions truthfully. Let your teenager know, it is okay to express their feelings such as sadness and fear about what has happened and compassion for the students and families. Explain the distinction between being different from other students and having serious problems that lead to extreme violence. Talk with your teenager about bigger issues such as gun control and steps that can be taken to keep schools safe. Reassure your adolescent of safety and your efforts to protect him or her. 1