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1:25 AM, Dec 17, 2012   |    comments
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As more details come out about the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, East Tennessee families are looking for ways to explain the incident to their children.

Members of First Baptist Concord in Farragut gathered to discuss the best ways to address the subject Sunday.

Pastors and parishioners, who are knowledgeable on family issues, preached the importance of downplaying fear to children.

"Our children, they need to know that they're safe and that they're secure," said church member Stephen Eimers.

Lecturers also recommended to parents that they not go into specific detail as to what happened in Newtown. However, they went on to say parents should try to talk to their kids about the incident before they see it on television.

"You know the media's there to kind of get some facts and to ask some questions and have a dialogue," said FBC Family Ministries Pastor Corey Mayfield "A family is there to love and to support and to grow together."

Leigh Johnson, a mother of 2, came to the discussion to learn a little more about how she should approach the issue.

"It's a tragedy that I wanted to explain," she said.

However, she told 10News her 8-year-old daughter is beginning to comprehend it.

"I asked her if she knew what had happened to the children and she told me that they had been hurt," Johnson said.

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