When news broke out about the movie massacre in Aurora, Colo., last July 20, my 8-year-old son boycotted the movies for four months. Last Dec. 14, the mass shootings happened at Sandy Hook Elementary. Here we go again, I thought. How do I explain this one?
My son didn’t boycott going to school. He kept going and never mentioned Sandy Hook Elementary, except at Christmas. He mentioned how sad the parents must be to not have Christmas with their kids. I understood that he had not chosen to ignore the incident but internalize it. Again, I felt helpless.
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