Around The Country, Parents Try To Ease Children’s Fears

NEWTOWN, Conn. (December 17, 2012)--In Newtown, Conn., and around the country, parents were trying to help their children return to school without fear Monday, in the aftermath of Friday's deadly shooting at a Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

The mother of two children who attend a different school in Newtown said she feels like "we have to get back to normal.”

But Kim Camputo added, "I don't know if there is normal anymore."

She said she'll be dropping her children off and picking them up herself for a while.

The mother of 10-year-old twins in a Miami suburb, Jessica Kornfeld, said parents need to hide their own fears.

"For them, you need to pretend that you're OK." But she adds, "It's scary,” she said.

She sat down with her son and daughter after school Friday, and explained to them what had happened.

She told them they were safe with her.

Her son replied, "But it could have been us."

Kornfeld says she drove the children to their elementary school over the weekend, hoping to show them it's still a safe place.

Richard Cantlupe, an American history teacher at Westglades Middle School in Parkland, Fla., has been wrestling with how best to quell the fears of students when he sees them again Monday, just days after the Connecticut school shooting that left 20 children dead.

Cantlupe said the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., "was like our 9/11 for school teachers."


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