I know people want to be honest with their kids but keep it age appropriate. The right amount for young children to hear about this is none.
— Preschool Gems (@PreschoolGems) December 14, 2012
I was afraid Elliot might hear about it at school, but he was totally unaware when I got home tonight. Then I thought, "Well, of course. How would a 4-year-old learn about such a thing anyway?"
Then I remembered that some of the victims in the shooting were only a year older than Elliot.
There's no surefire way to protect children in our society. All we can do is assure kids that they are loved and that we're doing everything we can to keep them safe.