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Parents should 'strike a balance' in talking about shootings

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ST. PAUL -- Adults need to talk to children about the Connecticut elementary school shooting, but a Minnesota expert advises parents not to offer too much information.


"You have to just strike a balance," Abi Gewirtz said. "Don't avoid it, but don't overwhelm them, either."

The University of Minnesota professor encouraged parents to "keep on with your routines" and to answer questions about the shooting, which left 20 elementary school students dead.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.