In response to the tragic terrorist attack that took place at a concert in Manchester, England last night, American Academy of Pediatrics Chief Executive Officer Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP, issued the following statement:
"The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of children around the world, and we mourn the loss of these young lives in Manchester, England. A senseless act of terror took 22 victims as they were leaving a concert; no child deserves to have her life cut short and no parent deserves to endure the fear and sorrow of losing a child too soon. Our deepest condolences go out to the children, adolescents, young adults, and parents who were affected by this tragedy, and our admiration and support extend to the community in Manchester who opened up their homes and hearts to strangers who were impacted by the event.
"Pediatricians know far too well that violence can have lasting effects on children, even if they are only learning about it through the media. The AAP has resources available for clinicians at AAP.org and for families at HealthyChildren.org to understand how to talk to children about tragic events and shield them from harmful images and news reports."
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