You can now read 10 articles each month for free on BostonGlobe.com.

The Boston Globe

Metro

explaining the horrific

Tips on how to talk to children about school shooting

Outside the Roger Clap Innovation School in DorchesterFriday afternoon, parents waited to pick up their children with warm embraces and anxious hearts.

As excited students raced out of the school’s double green doors, their parents faced the uncertain prospect of how to discuss the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Experts offered advice and schools scrambled to provide guidance. They all recognized the challenge ahead: How could a parent explain to a child an event so horrific that adults had trouble comprehending it?

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than $1 a week