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Families start conversation with kids at event after officer-involved shooting

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MADISON (WKOW) – Families on Madison's east side were able to start a conversation with their kids about the officer-involved shooting in their neighborhood at a special event on Sunday.

The Social Justice Center on Williamson Street hosted the event, which nearly 80 families responded to on social media.

Organizers hope to answer any questions kids might have about the shooting in their neighborhood in a way that doesn't promote fear and anxiety.

"Parents know their children the best,” said Kristen Brock-Petroshius, a mother who organized the event. “So they really need to figure out depending on the age of their child, their personality, what's the best approach to take. I think in particular it's important for white parents to talk explicity about race with their kids because often times we tend to shy away from that."

Parents separated the children based on age and let them start the conversation. Organizers say most of the kids at the event were between four and twelve years old.

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