I can't stop thinking about the discussions that schools across the country--especially elementary schools--are going to have today with their students. I can only hope that these schools are equipped with the resources they need: counselors, parent involvement, empathetic administrators, among other things.
Yesterday, Matt's 9 year old son asked me, "Did any kids die?" It took me off guard and frankly, I was surprised he didn't already know the answer. Although I suspect that ultimately, he kind of did. There was really only one thing I could say: I told him that yes, some kids had died, but that this was a completely rare, freakish event, and that he shouldn't be afraid to go to school.
His teachers are going to have to field a lot more questions, most of which they won't know the answers to. They're doing tough work for all of us today.
p.s.: What do you think of the controversial article, "I am Adam Lanza's Mother?" It looks like the blogger has changed the original name of the post. In any case, I don't know. I guess I think the message is important, but it sort of gives me the chills that she compares her son--who hasn't killed anyone--to a mass murderer. NBC interviewed her here, though I haven't watched it yet.