As children leave their homes for school each day, they should feel safe and secure.
However, following another school shooting, this time at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, children across the country are asking for answers from their parents and caregivers.
Adults still feel powerless to talk about school shootings with their children after the deaths of 19 students and two teachers, but a childhood friend is available to assist.
Sesame Street responded to the troubling headlines by tweeting words and resources to help families.
The tweet read, “Our thoughts are with our friends in Texas. You are not alone.”
Many of whom watched Sesame Street as children. The adults echoed their comfort in knowing that old friends like Elmo and Big Bird were there to help.
Several shared how Muppets helped them deal with the crisis in their own lives as far back as the ’70s and ’80s.
Children report that Sesame Street helped them through tough times. “I hate they have to care for children when elected officials won’t. I’m glad they do, however.”
Sesame Street’s Communities website features an entire page dedicated to helping children and families affected by gun violence.
A video featuring Elmo and his dad discussing violence to printable resources on staying safe in an emergency are just some of the things the site has to offer.
Jeanette Betancourt, the vice president, says the organization wants to be a resource for parents at this time, not just in Uvalde but nationally.
She said, “Our hearts are with families in Uvalde and all communities directly impacted by gun violence in their neighborhoods. We understand how difficult it could be to have conversations with children about gun violence.”