Friday, May 24 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:20:27 GMT
For a family in Lake Charles, one phone call changed everything. The aftermath of the Moore, Okla. tornado revealed the loss of a loved one. One of the children who died at a school destroyed by the tornadoMore >>
A family in Lake Charles mourns the loss of a young relative in the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.
Friday, May 24 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:43:00 GMT
The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for a bank robbery suspect. The Vernon Bank branch on Colony Boulevard in New Llano was robbed Thursday afternoon. Investigators say a black male subjectMore >>
The Vernon Bank branch on Colony Boulevard in New Llano was robbed Thursday afternoon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:33 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:33:22 GMT
A kindergartner at T.S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School in Lake Charles read 875 books in one school year. Sophia Moss is 5-years-old and she loves to read. "A lot of the days I read books. It's justMore >>
Sophia loves to read. She even wrote her own book and did her book report on it! And even though she's just beginning her academic career, it's only the beginning of her story.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:24 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:24:38 GMT
Southwest Louisiana is doing its part in the Oklahoma tornado recovery effort. In Westlake, people from all over Southwest Louisiana donated items for the tornado victims. It all started with one manMore >>
Southwest Louisiana is doing its part in the Oklahoma tornado recovery effort.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:51 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:51:00 GMT
The following are closures and changes in garbage collection schedules in Southwest Louisiana related to the Memorial Day holiday: Lake Charles: The City of Lake Charles will observe the Memorial DayMore >>
The following are closures and changes in garbage collection schedules in Southwest Louisiana related to the Memorial Day holiday:More >>
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The massacre in Connecticut is hard enough for adults to comprehend -- but what do parents tell their children? Scott Riviere counsels children and teens. He advises against exposing young children to pictures and details. "Young kids tend to wonder, 'what if that happened here? What if that will happen here?' And so a lot of times you can help them by helping them to understand that the vent occurred very far away and the odds of something like that happening here are very small."
He says older children's questions should be answered honestly and factually. For instance, rather than trying to predict the unpredictable, perhaps tell children what is done to protect them at school. "What kids need to know is that they're safe. 'as you know, Our school has things in place that are designed to keep us safe. We have police officers that are on the streets that keep us safe. Our school has locks so that people can't get in it. People do have to ring to come in. Our perimeter is secure. We have a security officer."
He says it may be an opportunity to talk about family beliefs and values. "You can use it as an opportunity as a family to really reaffirm your values, what's important to you, what's important about our community. What's important to us and whether, that it's really important that you're safe at school," said Riviere.
And he says it's okay to admit you don't have all the answers."If there's a question they're uncomfortable with or that would involve speculation or they really are asked a question that they don't know the answer to, it's fine to tell a kid, 'I'm not really sure. But I'll pay attention and when I find the answer, I'll let you know."
And Riviere points out that children pick up on parents' feelings and may feel a need to stay close after such tragedy