if they haven't heard about it, leave it alone. if you hear them talking about it, or they ask odd questions, address it.
because they are are tweens i would ask some questions, and let them lead. ask leading questions. don't give them a yes or no. ex: how did you feel? what did you hear? that boy said what? no, maybe he's not wrong, i need more details. it's more important to find out what they have heard, and nuetralize any fears you can without lying. if you get into a tough spot, tag somebody. just say "i'm not sure....let me find out." they deserve honest answers. we will be there."let me ask someone who knows". fuck....if all you do is tag the f.b.i. and ask "what do i tell my kids"? they should already be working on that. and if they are not, they should.and your state police department. because.......our kids need answers.
i don't know what to say to my kids..................other than you are my baby, and you piss me off all the time..............i hope you told me when you had a problem.............and, if you were a royal pain in the ass to a particular teacher, i owe that teacher a thank you..............
omg.......my kids are high school graduates.... are you fucking serious i owe third grade science teachers an apology because you were curious??????
i am still sending 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th grade teachers home baked apologies every fucking year....because my devious, curious, naughty and bad babies were inspired .
My three year old was playing with the remote when the moment of silence was on this morning. He wanted to know why they were ringing a bell and no one was talking, but there were pictures of people. I told him very simply that last week a very sick man did a very bad thing and hurt many many people and the bell was to help remember all the people. It was enough for him.