“We talked about illness and (how) as human beings, we don’t look to go and hurt other people,” she said.
The teacher also encouraged her students to think about all the people who were helping the families affected by the tragedy and the good things that people can continue to do for others.
At Chazy Elementary, Tregan said, staff are being encouraged to listen to and comfort children and be respectful of the tragedy that occurred but also to maintain a sense of normalcy throughout the school day.
“Visibility and communication is essential in creating a sense of normalcy after a crisis,” Savage said.
And one of the best solutions to dealing with tragedy, according to Richards, is to show compassion.
“Now is probably the time to give that extra hug,” he said. “It is probably very, very needed.”
— Staff Writer Kim Smith Dedam contributed to this report.