Las Vegas, Nevada 2022-05-27 00:04:35 –
Las Vegas (KLAS) — It’s never easy for many families to talk about the potential for gun violence at school.
One Las Vegas family says it’s difficult, but it also needs to draw attention to the children.
Phil Hoover is a father and has expressed the need for open conversations with his children.
“Just starting a conversation is an important part. As you go, the conversation will flow more, but it’s not easy,” Hoover said.
Joy and Phil Hoover are talking about gun violence with their two young daughters.
After hearing about the shooting at an elementary school in Texas, parents agreed to drop their daughter at school.
They say that what brings them peace of mind is that both 9-year-old Vivian and 5-year-old Ruby know that they are educated about what to do in the event of an emergency.
“If that happens, we turn off all the lights and lock all the doors,” Vivian explained.
The conversation could be overwhelming, so she immediately intervened to comfort her sister.
Dr. Sidklana, a psychiatrist at Nevada Mental Health, says preparations can help.
Clana states that active dialogue with parents, teachers and the community is important.
“If your child is more and more scared or upset by what I speak, it’s time to stop. Take a break, process and digest what we say, and come back to prepare for the next round. It’s time to do it, “he added.
Hoovers also believes that attending community events helps her daughters understand what’s happening and say they’re active.
“I don’t think there’s a perfect answer. I think the answer works best for your family, but I think the best thing is to say something,” Hoover added.
The Hoover family says the first step is always the most difficult.
Their advice to other families is to reach out to teachers and community organizations to help start that difficult conversation.