Coeur d'Alene Public Schools choose not to address Sandy Hook shooting

Coeur d'Alene Public Schools choose not to address Sandy Hook shooting

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Residents grieve following a shooting December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. At least 26 people, including 20 young children, were killed when a gunman assaulted the school and another body was found dead at a second linked crime scene, police said. Police spokesman Lieutenant Paul Vance told reporters that the attacker killed 20 children and six adults, including someone that he lived with, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The gunman also died at the scene, and a 28th body was found elsewhere. AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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by KREM.com & Cole Heath

KREM.com

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 18 at 8:48 PM

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School is sparking some debate nationwide about how to explain the situation to children.

School administrators in Coeur d’Alene are choosing not to talk about the shooting in classrooms there.

With winter break around the corner, administrators said the goal is to help students focus on their studies and create a sense of normalcy.

Coeur d’Alene Public Schools Superintendent Hazel Bauman said parents sent a series of emails requesting normalcy, so teachers in all grades were asked not to discuss what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary or to watch any news coverage in class.

Bauman said the second part of the post-shooting plan focuses on keeping students safe.

“We need to keep kids calm, and make sure they feel safe so they know going to school is a place for teaching and learning,” she said.

Teachers were told they could answer questions if needed to reassure the kids they are safe in school.
 

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