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"Kids are gonna hear about this and I think they're gonna be able to tell it's a big deal," says Vanderbilt Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr. Kevin Sanders.
Dr. Sanders says parents need to be prepared to talk to their kids openly and honestly about a tragedy that occurred at a place children are supposed to feel safe. Dr. Sanders suggests just answering their questions.
"It's also good not to give too much information," says Dr. Sanders. "Don't overload a child. Don't tell them more than they're asking. Answer their questions and explain things in a simple manner is probably the best way to handle it."
In the face of a tragedy like this, parents want to be reassuring, but Dr. Sanders warns against making broad promises about safety you can't keep.
"Be prepared to answer the same questions over and over," says Dr. Sanders. "A lot of times kids will do that to kind of seek reassurance to make sure everything is still okay. That happens a lot in these kinds of cases."
He says there may be more questions next week when children return to school, as your young ones try to process the fact that children very much like them won't be back in class on Monday. Dr. Sanders says a story like this can be a trigger for children who've been the victims of violence. He says it's important for divorced couples to present a united front so children get the same message from both parents.
Saturday, December 15 2012, 12:00 AM CST
Pipeline work can continue at state natural area
May 24, 2013 11:16 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee environmental officials have given Piedmont Natural Gas permission to resume drilling on a Nashville pipeline project.
Work was halted on May 11 when a mixture of bentonite clay and water spilled from a drill into Otter Creek at the Radnor Lake State Natural Area.
The mud was later scraped out of the creek using buckets and hand tools.
Meredith Benton, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/199LA54 ) that Piedmont agreed to 11 new terms and conditions to prevent a recurrence of the spill.
Those include creating a pit to capture any spilled slurry and daily water quality monitoring.
Benton said the department has not decided whether to issue fines or citations.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com
Asia stocks extend losses after big sell-off
BANGKOK (AP) -- Asian stocks continued to retreat today after being routed the day before by unexpectedly weak Chinese manufacturing and fears the Federal Reserve will start withdrawing its monetary stimulus.
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