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Purdue Researcher on Discussing Shooting with Kids

Story by Jim Meadows
photo of Dr. Judy Myers-Walls

Picture courtesy of Purdue University

The hurt caused by Friday’s horrific shooting in Newtown, Connecticut goes beyond the victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Across the country, children are learning about the shooting, and they’re also being affected.

Dr. Judy Myers-Walls, Professor Emerita of Purdue University, has studied how parents can talk with children about frightening events, from wars and disasters to senseless shootings. In an interview with Illinois Public Media's Jim Meadows, Myers-Walls says some children will find news of a shooting at a school very disturbing.