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Michelle Obama Pens Letter to Parents About Newtown Tragedy

Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama wrote an open letter to parents, offering some insight and ideas for discussing the tragedy in Newtown with children and young people. Here’s an excerpt taken from The White House’s website:

Dear parents,

Like every American, Barack and I are absolutely heartbroken about the unspeakable tragedy that occurred last week in Newtown, Connecticut. And like so many of you, our first reactions were not as a President and First Lady, but as a Mom and Dad. We were asking ourselves, what if this had been our town, or our school, or our girls?

And we know that all across the country, it’s not just adults who are asking questions right now – our children are looking for answers as well. Like us, they want to know, why did this happen?

Could it happen again?  And as parents, all of us can take the time to hold our kids close and talk with them about the things that truly matter: our love for them, the importance of extending that love to those affected by this tragedy, and how that love truly defines our great American community.

Read the full letter here.