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This Week in Family
Many of the teenagers who survived the Columbine school shooting 20 years ago today are now parents, raising children in a time when mass shootings feel so common that even kindergartners are put through active-shooter drills. Some parents are still struggling with their own healing and post-traumatic stress, and deciding how to share their story with their children is taking an added emotional toll. “I essentially put the fear of God in her that she had to be ready, she had to be prepared that anything could happen,” one mother recalls after a conversation with her 7-year-old. “That was my fault. I put my PTSD, and my fears, and my troubles, on her.”
In this week’s installment of The Friendship Files, two women who met in 11th grade in India share the story of their long-distance friendship. Shortly after they met, one of them moved to Canada with her family, while the other stayed in India to finish school. Through instant messaging, and eventually video calls, they kept in touch virtually until they were able to meet up in Canada as adults. Their friendship withstood the tests of time and distance, but a Harry Potter spoiler almost came between them.
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