Local School Children Talk About Tsunami

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Several area schools are resuming after the holiday break, and the first thing the kids want to talk about is the tsunami. One Bryan middle school teacher gave her classes that opportunity.

"You just think about it all day long and wonder how can that happen," said Madison Franze, a 7th grader at SFA.

"It happened during Christmas and people were seeing their families and then it happened and now their families are broken apart, "said Maria Hernandez, a 7th grader at SFA.

This is what most students in the team leadership class at SFA Middle school are talking about.

Their teacher, Amy Wise, thought it would be a good idea to talk about what happened half a world away during the Christmas break.

"They are seeing on television over and over again, parents separated from their children, children who can't find their parents now. And they start worrying about "what if this happens to me?" said Wise.

Many students say they were scared and sad when they first saw the devastating images on television.

"It made me appreciate that I still have my family here, but it still hurts me that their families are gone," said 8th grader Tieisha Thompson.

While it's important for schools to allow students to express their feelings about the disaster, parents also need to talk with their children.

"Let them know that these are normal feelings and we as adults can help put it in perspective for them. I think it's very helpful," said Wise.

School counselor Ed Hall agrees.

"Children watch their parents and how they react to situations. Parents should exude an attitude of safety and reassurance, yet be open to answer their kid’s questions in a way that the child can handle it," said Hall.

Even though these children don't have much, they're willing to share it with others. They are eager to help with the relief efforts.

"Many of them have come with suggestions of can we raise money, can we send them things. So they're wanting to be apart of that effort, "said Wise.

"We get to give our support and they feel happy because other people care about them," said 7th grader, Anna Thompson.