A vigil was held at a Las Vegas Church in memory of the 20 students and six adults shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School one year ago.
The memorial held at the Unity Baptist Church was organized by a group called "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense." The group as a whole promotes more gun control, but the message Saturday night was "No More Silence."
The message of "No More Silence" is simply to get people talking about gun control, hoping the discussions reveal ways of preventing future tragedy.
About 100 teachers, students, parents, and community activists attended the service. Many spoke about control, mental healthcare and the importance of children
At the end of the service, the group rang bells in honor of the shooting victims in Newtown. Other victims of gun violence were also mentioned, including TSA agent Gerardo Hernandez and Orr Middle School student Brooklyn Mohler.
Licensed family therapist and retired teacher Linda Cavasos says she sees more fear and generalized anxiety disorder in younger children. Some of them are fearful of violence in their schools, she says, so parents need to talk to their kids often to assess their physical and emotional needs.
"The danger signals are there. They're calling out for help, but sometimes people stick heads in the sand," Cavasos said. She added that parents know their kids best and should encourage them to seek mental health treatment if necessary.
"I find if you do not answer their questions (about violence in schools), they (the children) become more fearful because they don't know what's going on. Explain it to them as simply as you can," said Cavasos.
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