I looked at my daughter, confident her question would lead to a teachable moment. Three words into my answer, once I hit the verb “kill,” I got tongue-tied.
The need to explain the news is not just demanded of parents of the preschool set. School-aged kids and high-schoolers, too, may be confused by national jubilation over a death. Not to mention the allusions to an act of profane violence that affected so many families in the area.