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How To Help Kids Feel Safe After Tragedies

A woman comforts a young girl during a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Conn. (Andrew Gombert, Pool/AP)

A woman comforts a young girl during a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Conn. (Andrew Gombert, Pool/AP)

BOSTON — One parent in the traumatized community of Newtown, Conn., says people always considered it “the safest place in America” before Friday’s elementary school shooting that left 26 dead, including 20 children.

Around the country, parents are talking to their children about the tragedy. Stuart Goldman is a psychiatrist at Boston Children’s Hospital, and has counseled children who’ve been affected — directly or peripherally — by tragedies, such as 9/11. He spoke with WBUR’s Morning Edition about how parents and others can help kids deal with what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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