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By Daniel J. Flannery
Case Western Reserve University 

Here's how witnessing violence harms children's mental health


(THE CONVERSATION) Caroline was having a hard time getting her daughter to go to school. The night before, her daughter saw the news about a terrorist bombing that had occurred that day where several children and adults were killed and schools were immediately closed.

Her daughter had a difficult time sleeping and was refusing to eat her breakfast. When Caroline asked her daughter what was wrong, she replied in a hushed tone,

“I’m scared mommy. If I go to school, will somebody come in and shoot me? I don’t want to die.”

Though Caroline was reacting to news here in the United States,...

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