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How Much Do Schools Tell Students During National Tragedies?

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WMDT 47 NEWS - When it comes to addressing tragic situations with children in schools, such as the shooting in Washington, D.C., the majority of local school officials say, it is handled on a case by case basis.

Spokespeople with Worcester, Wicomico, and Somerset school districts say in order for the event to be brought up in class, it has to be relevant to the class discussion. Somerset County school officials say if there is an obvious concern from students, the principal can decide whether or not teachers or guidance counselors should get involved. Officials say that although cell phones are not allowed in school, many of the older students manage to find out what is going on through social media or text messages. However, when there is an actual threat to the students' safety, all three school districts say there are crisis management plans for any type of danger that may arise.

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