MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — How do parents talk to their children in the wake of the unthinkable?

On Tuesday, a teenaged gunman killed 19 elementary school students and two adults inside a classroom in Uvalde, Texas.

Berkeley County Schools Counselor of the Year Michele Ransom said she thought a lot about what students and staff needed Wednesday before heading back to school:

Ransom, a counselor at Rosemont Elementary School, talked about ways the school system already looks out for students:

Ransom said she hadn’t seen any students expressing awareness about the shooting, but she said some may be listening in to parents’ conversation or overhear media reports:

When it comes to making kids feel safe, Ransom says:

Michele Ransom was a guest on Wednesday’s Panhandle Live, heard weekday mornings beginning at 9:00 on the Panhandle News Network.

You can access the full interview via our Panhandle Live Facebook page.