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Statement in Response to the Elementary School Shooting in Connecticut

12/14/2012 By Thomas K. McInerny, MD, FAAP, President, American Academy of Pediatrics

Today is a day of sadness and grief for everyone who cares for children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers its deepest sympathies to everyone affected by today's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Pediatricians and other child health experts strongly recommend that schools and parents avail themselves of resources to help them talk with children about this disaster. As in any frightening situation, young children should not be exposed to the extensive media coverage of the event -- in other words, turn off the TV, computer, and other media devices. The AAP offers resources ​for talking to children about disasters, and advice on watching for signs of stress and trauma.  Parents also can use their child's pediatrician as a source of advice and support during this time.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org.

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