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Counselor: Parents should limit children's exposure to school shooting

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HINTON, Iowa (KTIV) -

When Hinton students return on Monday, the school counselor says teachers will focus on assuring students that their school is safe.  They'll also remind them to be aware of their surroundings and to tell an adult if they see a stranger inside their school.

Julie Clausen, a Hinton School counselor, said young children are especially vulnerable to not understanding the distance that separates them from the situation in Connecticut.

She said parents should be open and honest when answering questions, but also limit their children's exposure to some of the details.

"Basically, you really want to, just, what are they feeling right now, if they're feeling stressed out reassure them that they're safe right now, and that we're doing everything at school to make sure that they stay safe," said Julie Clausen, a Hinton School Counselor.

Clausen recommends monitoring your child's behavior for signs of stress.  This could show up in playtime or drawings.

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