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Re: young students and the CO tragedy

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Thu, 22 Apr 1999 21:42:06 EDT

In a message dated 4/22/99 2:30:09 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< Teenage kids tend to catastrophize things and feed
off each other emotionally-kind of a mob psychology kind of thing. I believe
it would be better to deal with them in small groups or within a class of
kids they know and are comfortable with than in a whole big assembly. At my
school we are "watchfully waiting" and keeping an eye on those kids we think
will be most affected. Many of our students were seen reading the front
pages yesterday, but I didn't hear much talk about it. When I did in class,
I talked to them a bit, but they didn't seem to want to get into it much. I
think the best ideas I've heard are the ones in which art will be used to
express their feelings and sympathies. Good luck. Linda in NC
Two of my children, ages 6 and 8, have really expressed themselves about this
tragedy. As they speak, I realize they are repeating parts of what they have
heard my husband and I discuss, and then they add their own little parts. I
think we might see children (in these elementary ages) doing this at school.
We have had this past week off from school for Spring Break, so I am sure my
students are going to be repeating opinions from home, radio opinions,
television blurbs, etc. The dangerous part of all this is when young
children share these regurgitations amongst themselves without an adult
making sure that clarification is interjected when necessary. I am going to
keep an eye (EAR) out and try to help whenever I can. Playground, hallway,