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Bomb threats. Shootings. Natural disasters nationwide.

Disasters have afflicted the East and West coasts, from hurricanes and tropical storms to wildfires and earthquakes. Shootings have erupted in schools, workplaces and, scarily enough, at concert venues like the country music festival Monday evening in Las Vegas. As of this blog entry, at least 58 people are dead and more than 515 wounded after a gunman fired shots from the 32nd floor of a resort and casino.

Then, this morning (Oct. 2, 2017), my children’s school district sent out a text message/email/phone message declaring an evacuation at the high school due to a bomb threat found on the wall of a girls’ restroom. According to the message, the threat noted that a bomb would explode late morning during fifth period. After a thorough sweep of the school by district officials and state police, students returned to class on a compressed schedule.

Of course, my children aren’t high school age, so word of the threat will probably trickle down through social media, texts, etc., to those in the middle school and maybe upper elementary. My daughter, with friends in high school, will most likely learn of it.

Incidents like these could cause a child, elementary or high school age, to become frightened. Exposure to television and social media could make events more vivid. If a child is fearful of events like this, listen to his or her concerns. Reassure them that bad things can and do happen, but things can be done to prevent them and to protect themselves. There are people who work to keep them safe, from parents and teachers to police officers and firefighters as well.

My children both saw the Las Vegas tragedy on morning news shows as they prepared for school. While they did not say much about it, I will talk about it with them should they bring it up later.

God bless those killed and hurt in Las Vegas, their families and those who responded to the scene. Love as well to the unsung heroes who helped shield or tend to those who needed help, as well as those who lined up down sidewalks to donate blood at Vegas blood centers.