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Dec 14, 2012 9:10 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Central Coast coping with Connecticut shootings

The school shooting in Connecticut will affect parents and students across the entire nation, including here on the Central Coast.

Dr. Rene Bravo, a San Luis Obispo pediatrician said parents should filter what their children watch and hear for the next few days. But, he said, if a child needs to talk, parents should encourage them to speak about their feelings and share what they feel.

Dr. Jackie Kirk-Martinez, the Executive Director of Student Services for the San Luis Coastal Unified School District said all of it's principals and counselors are on hand if students or parents need to talk. She said it's schools did have a heightened safety alertness for Friday, but she said their main focus was to keep the students engaged on learning.

Dr. Bravo said, "it [the shooting] will make children feel very insecure in their environments, it's really important for children to be reassured by their adults and their parents. That their parents are there, that they love them, and the adults around them, the adults in school, their teachers, are there also for them, and protect them."

Dr. Kirk-Ramirez said no parents took their kids out of school early on Friday, which is good, because that continues the sense of normalcy.

Dr. Bravo added that parents can keep their kids on a positive track right now by focusing on the holiday spirit.

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