The three deadly school shootings that have touched the country this past week may be affecting young students even here in Kentucky.
For many children, it's hard to understand why such acts of violence can happen in our world. More importantly, it sometimes leaves them wondering if it could happen to them.
"Really, just be as honest with them as you can. Just reassure them over and over what measures we take to protect them," Counselor Laura Holliday said.
Counselors say that not all children react the same, but the key is to talk with them, and be honest. Assure them there is nothing wrong with being afraid and try to find that delicate balance between a safe world and the real world.
"I feel a little bit better when I talked to mom. I don't know why, she just makes me feel safer," one student said.
Counselors also urge those who spend time with children to be aware of any anger or bullying, which could lead to eventual violence.