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Talking To Your Kids About Tragedy

DAYTON -- We're learning more about the three teenagers killed in a deadly car crash Wednesday morning in Clark County. We're told all three boys attended Tecumseh High School.

The youngest was 15-year-old Wesley Culpepper. Also in the car was Charles Luthe, 16, and Daniel Tittle, 17. Investigators haven't said who was driving but confirm the car was speeding along Ridge Road in Springfield Township.
      
Investigators say none of the teens were wearing seat belts, but due to the severity of the crash, they say, even with belts the boys would not have survived.

So how do you talk with your kids about losses like this?
       
It's a shocking scenario that's likely to leave many young people depressed, anxious, scared and confused. They could possibly be wondering if it could happen to them.

"It has a significant impact on kids because this isn't violence on TV.  This is real-life death that happens to someone who they know and cared about," said Dr. Gregory Ramey, a child psychologist at Children's Hospital.

Ramey says the best thing to do right now is speak candidly with your kids about the what they're seeing.

"This is not a time for a lecture about driving habits. This is a time for listening about thoughts and feelings," he said.

Experts say don't try to hide tragedy from your kids. If they watch the video or look at pictures, then let them, allow them to react to it, and then talk to them about it. Also, remember no matter what it's going to be hard to keep it from them anyway since most teens have iPads, cell phones or some other type of electronic device.

"Make ourselves available, listen carefully and help kids navigate what is pretty much incomprehensible to all of us," Ramey said.

And if your kids don't want to talk with you, Ramey says that's OK, just  encourage them to speak with friends, a trusted teacher or school counselor.

Additional school counselors will be at Tecumseh High School when students return from spring break.

 
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