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PGCPS Advise Parents, Teachers on Talking to Children About Trauma

In response to a deadly school shooting in Newtown, CT Friday, Prince George's County Public Schools officials discuss school safety with teachers and talking to children about trauma.

With news outlets focusing on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT Friday, many parents and teachers are now grappling with how to talk with children about the tragedy taking over the headlines and television channels.

Officials from Prince George's County Public Schools shared tips for talking to students about the school shooting and even shared signs that your student is having trouble coping with the event.

For more on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, its victims and to learn how you can help, click onto Newtown Patch.

Although there is no immediate danger to county schools, Prince George's County Police have increased patrols near elementary schools across the county. Officials also sent school safety reminders to their teachers Monday and in light of the heroic efforts of Sandy Hook teachers, reminded them about procedures if a similar situation were to occur here. 

Dozens of teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School hid and saved students from the gunman who charged into the school Friday,

Even in the gym, the loudest room in any school on a given day, something sounded very wrong, according to students.

"The gym teacher told us to go in a corner, so we all huddled and I kept hearing these booming noises," the girl, who was not identified by name, told NBC News. "We all started—well, we didn't scream; we started crying, so all the gym teachers told us to go into the office where no one could find us."

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story was abbreviated.

CP Resident December 17, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Yet another College Park Patch article that doesn't have anything to do with College Park. Taking a article from another Patch site and appending two sentences about PG schools doesn't make this about College Park.
Patrick Urquidez January 02, 2013 at 03:06 AM
The tragedy in Newtown, CT is news for every single parent no matter where they live. While it is nice to think that something like this would never happen here, that is not reality because it can happen and has happened here. This is news that everyone needs to know, and if all you want is stories about P.G. county only, then you should start your own paper or website. However, we do not live in a bubble, and The Patch would be doing us a huge disservice by not reporting on events that affect us.

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