FRESNO, Calif. - The school shooting in Florida is yet another tragic incident that has parents across the country wondering how best to talk to their children about the violence.
It's a sight that is now becoming all too familiar. The sight of children rushing off campus, police surrounding a school, a shooter taking the lives of innocent people.
Fresno therapist Fonda Hart said, "Seventeen people that is, I mean, one person, is horrific and is tragic."
Hart works with children and teens in the Central Valley. She said though the shooting in Florida happened thousands of miles away, it's important for local parents to have an honest discussion with their kids.
"There's some health to that. There's some natural just, the ability to step outside of ourselves, and look at ourselves, and look at things and think about impact, so we can preemptively be prepared for something that hopefully will never happen," stated Hart.
Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreax said we live in an era where we now must be vigilant. He said if you see see something strange, say something.
Boudreaux said, "We don't want situations like this to happen to our community. The reality of it is, if we don't pay attention to our surroundings, it very well could happened."
The FBI said a Youtube user who reportedly shares the same name as the 19-year old alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz posted videos boasting about plans to shoot up a school.
"For law enforcement, we can only act on information that we have. And that information can come anonymously," stated Cruz.
Hart ended, "Know what your child is posting as a parent. It is your right to know what your kids posting on Facebook or other social media."
Boudreaux said he believes all children should be taught the run, hide, fight concept, in case of an emergency.