How to talk to your kids about Vegas shooting

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BRISTOL - There have been 17 mass shootings in the past 10 years.

As more occur, more children are asking questions: "Who did this? Why?"

At Bristol, Va public schools, counselors are always on hand to talk to students.

"We certainly don't draw any undue attention to the situation," said Superintendent Keith Perrigan. "Of course if a student expresses concern, our teachers know our guidance counselors are available and ready to talk to them if they need to."

He said if an incident like the Vegas shooting ever happened closer to home, the schools would have an assembly to address the issue.

Sydney Peltier is a counselor at Thriveworks in Bristol, Tenn.

Her office has experience partnering with schools.

She thinks it's important for parents to open a discussion at home as well.

"Often as parents we overtalk and overthink things. So, it's important as a general rule of thumb to just keep things simple, and to not answer questions that our kids don't ask," said Peltier.

Frontier Health works with schools in Johnson City and Sullivan County.

Experts there recommend finding ways to stay focused on positive ways to assist those affected.

"There are good things that lots of people did to help these people in Nevada and there's more good that people do than there is bad," said Tim Perry, the Division Director for Children Services. "It's important to reframe it and refocus on those."

Superintendent Perrigan also noted this incident makes him consider increasing security at this Friday night's football game.

He said he will be extra vigilant to help keep everyone safe.

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