Suzy Hayman DeYoung: Posttraumatic Growth
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The kids here are scared. Countless children, from elementary school-age to teens, are refusing to sleep alone. 10-year old Brian will only sleep in his single mother's bed. 13-year-old Michael has wedged a golf club on one side of his bed and a samurai sword on the other. His mother tells me he sometimes slips one of the ceremonial daggers they have in their home under his pillow. When 7-year-old Alex recently heard a snow plow travel past his house, an occurrence previously ignored, he went into a state of hysterical panic. Jenny, 13, has made it clear to her parents that she does not feel safe in school. She goes, but she does not feel safe.
Over the past two months, Newtown, Connecticut has become a town of scared children.
I lived in New York City during 9-11. While my daughter, a first grader at the time, was aware that something bad had happened, I was able to keep much of the event at bay. Television was turned off; the incident was rarely, if ever, discussed at
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