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Parents talk to kids about Sandy Hook shooting tragedy

By Rosa Duarte, Reporter, RDuarte@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 18 2012 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 19 2012 04:32:09 AM CST

As days pass, parents across the nation and in the Lehigh Valley are finding their children are looking for answers about the tragedy in Connecticut.

As days pass, parents across the nation and in the Lehigh Valley are finding their children are looking for answers about the tragedy in Connecticut.

"My daughter asked me 'why? Why he would do something like that to innocent children?' I explained to her that some people just are sick and they're not getting any help unfortunately and that's in most cases what happens," said mother Alexis Colon.

"You just have to let them know that this isn't something that happens every day but you can't shelter them from reality," said mother Lori Oswald.

Parents we spoke to said they've addressed the issue with their kids but not in grave detail.

"It's your job to tell them but not so in depth because they don't know about death and maybe fighting and anger so you approach it slowly,” said father Anton Gadsden.

Parents of younger children say it may be too early to bring up the subject.

"I'm going to try and protect him from that as much as possible if he hears it from someone else or if he would happen to see it on the media, then we would answer the questions as they came," said Amy Contakes, who has a child in preschool.

Regardless of when the conversation comes, parents agree it's important that they are the ones to speak to their kids on such a sensitive matter.

"I want her to know that she's not alone, she doesn't have to be afraid or feel like there's nobody she can trust,” said Oswald.

Oswald's daughter, a fifth grader at Lehigh Valley Academy, agreed with her mother's sentiment.

"I trust my mom so I can talk to her about it," she said.