How do I handle the trauma that my kids went through? A burglar was running from the cops (car chase) got out of his car and ran through our school with the cops after him. The chase ended right in front of us as we were heading to the classroom (I teach an afterschool program and we were on our way to start homework hour). I got my kids into the closest classroom, but they had seen enough to terrify them. I ended up having two kids go home (they just couldn't calm down and stop bawling). My question is, how do I deal with this tomorrow. They are all aware of what happened in Connecticut and were crying about that incident... now this! I don't know how to handle this sort of thing. Personally, I tend to shut down. I don't feel equipped to be there for my kids tomorrow. I did my best today and told them they did a great job. I told them we all work hard to protect them.... But I still had many kids worrying about their safety. 90% of my kids wanted to stay in the classroom for recess (which we did). I had a handful who said they were over it. My kids wrote in their journals about what happened and I could tell it really affected them. Any good ways to go about this and talk about it?