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Parents prepare to answer questions about school shooting

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A lot of parents are still in disbelief themselves about what took place in Connecticut. A lot of parents are still in disbelief themselves about what took place in Connecticut.
TUSCUMBIA, AL (WAFF) -

With the shooting in a Connecticut elementary school, it's difficult for parents to insulate their children from a tragedy of this magnitude.

A lot of parents are still in disbelief themselves about what took place in Connecticut.

Many parents in Tuscumbia said they are still trying to get the facts straight themselves on this heartbreaking story that's been developing since early Friday morning.

Parents said they know their children will ask about the shooting at some point, and they will just speak from their hearts when they ask.

"It intimidates you. It scares you as to how people can get into the school and just walk in with guns and not know anything about it. I think there could be a better safety feature, but as far as a family, you really need to gather all the facts and what happened before you can really address it family wise," said Derek Brown, a concerned parent.

Chris Newlin, with The National Child Advocacy Center in Huntsville offers this advice when it comes to speaking to children about this tragedy.

"It's important for parents to let their children know that if they are having some kind of feelings about this, that it's normal," Newlin said.  "The number one rule is not to pretend that this did not happen because people are going to talk. They are going to have access but what parent's don't need to do is turn on the TV and watch hours of CNN with all the information and talking heads talking about it."

Tuscumbia parents said they feel safe sending their kids to school and said all they can do is encourage their children to pray for the victims.

Prayer is important," said Senior Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Decatur, Edward Owens.  "I cannot stress enough the importance of prayer."

Owens said he knows this time will be difficult for any parent and he offers this message to help them deal with this senseless act of violence.

"Their child has fulfilled their destiny and purpose that God has for them," he said.  "Be confident and know that life does go on."

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