Parents Look to Ease Children's Fears, While Also Dealing with Fears of Their Own

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

In Newtown, Conn., and around the country, parents are trying to help their children return to school without fear today, in the aftermath of Friday's deadly shooting at a Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
The mother of two children who attend a different school in Newtown says she feels like "we have to get back to normal" -- but Kim Camputo adds, "I don't know if there is normal anymore." She says she'll be dropping her children off and picking them up herself for a while.
The mother of 10-year-old twins in a Miami suburb, Jessica Kornfeld, says parents need to hide their own fears. She says, "For them, you need to pretend that you're OK." But she adds, "It's scary."
She sat down with her son and daughter after school Friday, and explained to them what had happened. She told them they were safe with her. Her son replied, "But it could have been us."
Kornfeld says she drove the children to their elementary school over the weekend, hoping to show them it's still a safe place.


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