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Schools prepare to handle student queries post 26/11 attacks

After the recent Mumbai attacks, schools in the metropolis are gearing up to answer queries related to terrorism that has left many students perturbed.

india Updated: Dec 17, 2008 13:52 IST

After the recent Mumbai attacks, schools in the metropolis are gearing up to answer queries related to terrorism that has left many students perturbed.

The most frequently asked questions are, "Why they (terrorists) are killing innocent people?", "Why activities of such a magnitude are carried out?", "Why the security is not adequate?" and "Why no trained personnel are there to guard us?"

"Students are asking us questions on attacks and the current situation of the city. We cannot avoid such questions we deal with them in a tactful way. Our counselors ensure that all queries are resolved and they don't keep the problem within them," said Hanif Kanjer, Director, Rustomjee International School.

"These days students are afraid and there is lot of fear within them. It is important to remove that fear from them. The three day terror attack had a bad impact on children as the entire incident was shown on television," said Pradnya Aklekar, Counsellor, Avishkar Clinic.

When asked about the different ways of dealing with these children, Aklekar said, "We deal with children in a different manner depending on the age group. For children below 13 years, we use play therapy where we ask them to draw and colour anything through which they are able to express their fear, anger and stress and for children above 13 years we ask them to write and also use puppets for the same."