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    it depends on the kids. kids handle traumatic events in different ways. look at the picture of them two by two walking to the firehouse, kid in the front is crying her eyes out wow a kid in the back to smiling like it's Christmas morning.
    and talking about it might help some of the kids long as they weren't by themselves , and were with the parents..
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    wow, that's amazing. i agree with you on something.

    it depends on the kid.

    i do have to agree with the fact that ratings just aren't all that important. i, personally, don't really care all that much which news programme is the 'best'.
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    @dances-weebles I agree. I cant believe the story dudnt mention fox..they did the same thing as the rest...
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    The Media needs to back off and stop making sensationalized stories out of these tragedies. The nut jobs committing these horrendous crimes are getting the idea from the media coverage.
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    @CanisCanemEdit CNN is entertainment period. They, and anything else on TV, have no credibility to start with. It's entertainment meant to make money. The Media and the parents of this punk are largely responsible for this tragedy.
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    @FollowTheMoney I agree, the lamestream news media has ZERO credibility to start with, they're in the negative thousands by now...smh
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    CNN made it clear that the interviews of the kids was done with a parent present and with their permission. Yes, media is going for the drama in all directions, but it was the parents' decision to allow it.
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    THANK YOU. Blows my mind how people immediately start blaming a source that couldn't have done what it did without parental permission. Put blame where blame is due.
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    @Fishbone345 absolutely! Parents getting their kids their 15 minutes of fame off the death of their classmates. Disgusting.
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    @Fishbone345 - IMO the media wouldn't do such a thing if they didn't think the public wanted to see it. We've become sensation whores in this country, proof being the overwhelming popularity of reality TV.
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    @Denizen_Kate I think it has to do with the morals of our society or more accurately, the lack there of. Principle and the acceptance of right or wrong has been so poluted that personal behaviour has few restrictions.
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    I had to turn the channel when they began interviewing children... and they did this even after their own experts was telling parents to keep their kids away from the media... Leave the kids alone! haven't they been through enough??? geez!
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    I turned the TV off when they started bringing the kids on. Even with the parents at their side, something didn't seem right about it and they certainly couldn't fully comprehend all that was going on...even we have a hard time with that.
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    @ACTSmom - Yeah, the networks had a hard time filling in 20hours of coverage when information was lacking so they reached as low as they could go just for new material. I think their actions were egregious... and the parents need to watch out coz now that they are known to talk, the kids will be hounded for the next several weeks... I bet some of those children will be seen on the morning talk shows. Parents using their kids to garner attention for themselves, IMO.
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    These children were just put through a major trauma that really has not hit home yet. These parents allowing this to happen need their heads examined, because they are supposed to protect their children from being exploited in this manner and in my opinion that's exactly what happened.
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    I voted that it was inappropriate. The Media does what it does. Before people jump all over them for doing what they do, where were the guardian/parents in all this. I would assume someone has charge of the kids who could have kept them away from the rabid press. Main fault in my opinion lays at the feet of the people who allowed these children to step in front of the camera in the first place.
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    I agree the parents have the ultimate responsibility, and if it had been my child and a reporter asked to interview him I would probably told him or her to GFY. That said, we as a society must shoulder some of the blame. We're the ones who have let the networks know, over and over again, that we want sensation, that if it bleeds, it leads, that we enjoy watching reality TV featuring horrible or ugly things happening to actual people.
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    "Marybeth, please tell us what you felt when you saw that 9mm bullet tear through your classmate's head and leave her brains dripping off the whiteboard. Marybeth? You want us to do what with ourselves?"
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    The usual statements are being said, big surprise. Partisan comments abound.
    Parental permission had to be attained. You didn't see the stations holding the children hostage in front of camera's, the idea is ludicrous at best.
    Put blame where blame is due if it pisses you off so badly. Squarely on the shoulder of the parents.
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    Sounds more like two news agencies desperate for ratings. You know that they had permission from the parents? Or are you actually defending them? I didn't see Fox talking to children who were lucky to be alive.
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    @Calfkiller
    I've been watching Fox News yesterday and today (I'm open to other's perspective and try to learn from it when forming my own opinion) and frankly I'm shocked at the lack of coverage.
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    @Calfkiller I'll forgive your lack of knowledge on the subject at hand.
    If you saw interviews with children? The parents permission was attained. Stations are not allowed by law to put things on television without it. Nice try.
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    @Calfkiller "Or are you actually defending them?"
    I'm not defending anyone. I'm severely disappointed in the parents of the children. I would have taken my child home and smothered them with affection the entire night and decided with my better half what to do about psychological effects. If you don't understand that, then perhaps you aren't a parent.
    "I didn't see Fox talking to children who were lucky to be alive."
    And? Personally I don't watch any of those sources. I get my news from the internet like those of us that are technological savvy and not reliant upon being fed news. I couldn't care less what Fox showed and didn't show. The parents of the children are to blame here. Period.
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    Interview the adults! There were teachers and other grownups there as well. Some of the children may have information that could help law enforcement better understand what happened. In my mind, that is all that is appropriate.
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    What can the children tell you that you didn't already know? People died, the rest doesn't matter! Any info the kids could have to say isn't going to help now!
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    I think it was a bad decision both on the part of the news media and on the part of the parents. While yes, sometimes it can help an individual to talk about a trauma, it should be done with families and licensed counselors and psychologists, not the media. Psychologists and counselors know how to phrase questions and talk about things in a way that won't be damaging to the child--the news media just wants their juicy sound bite.
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    Well... It is recording a tragic but historical event...is it so much more traumatic to hear it from a kid? Sure. It's media sensationalism, it's wrong. But doesn't that kid have the option of being asked? Aren't they going to ask and tell anyway? I wonder when this horrible stuff will stop happening. It just seems like we've all had our share of insanitary for the past decade or so.
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    Certainly they have every right to further traumatize the children, but it shows a lack of propriety and judgement. I'm sure I can find better news outlets to watch.
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    I don't see the problem as long as parents were there and said it's ok.
    In fact, I think the kids getting the opportunity to talk about it will help them process and deal with what happened. Plus first hand insight in to what happened from a child's perspective, and possibly the only perspective that matters.
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