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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
Haslam's chief deputy Claude Ramsey to retire
June 19, 2013 16:41 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.
The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that the 70-year-old Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
His last day on the job is August 31.
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DETROIT (AP) -- Porsche is the top performer in an annual survey of new vehicle quality.
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