Advisory: Orlando Mass Shooting Coverage

To our valued educators,

Please be advised that we are covering the mass shooting in Orlando in today’s edition of Newsela, with possible follow-up stories as more information becomes available. As you decide if and how to address this tragedy in your classes, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. The story will not appear in Newsela Elementary.
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  2. If your students are not using Newsela Elementary but you would still prefer the article to be hidden, you can use the Hide function in the top-right corner of the article.
  3. Be ready to talk to your students about the news. While you may not hear your students talking about it, it’s still likely they’ve been exposed to the news already, especially if they’re in middle or high school. We’ve put together some resources to help you talk to students about breaking news, including this blog post.

The attack is the worst mass shooting in American history, and it painfully echoes last November’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Both took place in cities that attract visitors from all over the world. Both involved victims who were spending a night on the town enjoying some music and entertainment. Such violence could not have been further from their minds.

Below are a few words I shared with teachers as we prepared to run the story on the Paris attacks last fall. I hope you find them helpful as you return to your classrooms and families tomorrow.

When a tragedy like this strikes, I struggle to find the best way to explain it to my three school-age children. In the coming days and weeks, I know they will be exposed to a flood of information and opinions as the story unfolds. It’s important to me that my kids have all the facts they need, appropriate to each of their ages and temperaments.

Only you can decide which kinds of information and discussions make sense for your classes. We cover tragedies like this to ensure that you and your students have the information they need in a language they understand, should you choose to take on these challenging issues in the classroom.

I’m grateful for your readership and stand by your side as you help your students process these horrible events. Perhaps we can inspire the next generation to be informed, thoughtful leaders who will work toward a more peaceful and just world for all.

Your colleague,

Matthew Gross