I am not a parent, but am asking this for a good friend. He has a 6-year-old daughter who was in the attached elementary school during a recent high school shooting. I don't think she saw anyone get killed, but she was in the building when it happened, and saw the aftermath with the other students.
She's very upset and confused, and he doesn't know what to do. She keeps asking "why", and he doesn't know how to answer. He's always told her "school is safe" and "school is good for you", and now he feels like he's lied to her. She doesn't want to go back to school, and he doesn't want to make her.
What should he do? I know everyone's answer will be "hire a therapist", but what about in the short-term? And what if he can't afford one?