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good morning. it is 10:00 a.m. eastern, 7:00 a.m. pacific. i'm chris jansing in for jose diaz-balart. in uvalde, texas, we have new information, hearing from the first time from the chief of police at the center of the investigation. we'll play you what he's saying now. meanwhile, in the aftermath of the shooting, some states are taking action of their own, moving forward with new gun safety measures. we'll ask new jersey governor phil murphy what his state is doing. plus, more help is on the way for ukraine from the u.s. as heavy fighting continues in the donbas region. we'll bring you a live report.
the gas prices soaring another 5 cents overnight, adding to the strain on americans' wallets. we'll talk about what the white house is doing about it. this morning in uvalde, texas, a grief-stricken community continues to lay loved ones to rest after last week's school shooting that claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers. today, seven separate services will be held for victims of this tragic shooting. next hour, a funeral for irma garcia, a teacher at robb elementary and her husband joe. irma was killed while protecting her students during the shooting. her grieving husband died thursday after delivering flowers to his wife's memorial. doctors describe his death as a possible example of broken heart syndrome. irma and joe were high school sweethearts. they would have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary later this month. they leave behind four children.
this afternoon 10-year-old jose manuel flores jr. will be laid to rest. he was honored for his good grades just hours before the shooting. his parents say he loved baseball, and he was always full of energy. his sister was able to escape the shooting through a window in a different classroom. on tuesday two 10-year-old girls, emerry joe garr ja and matia were tried rest. it's given for saving or attempting to save a life at the risk of the girl scout's own life. she tried to call 911 before being killed in the attack. the investigation. >> what happened that day including the law enforcement response continues. the texas department of public safety says the uvalde school police chief, peter arredondo, has not been responding to investigators seeking another interview. he and other recently elected council members were sworn in last night to the city council
but there was no ceremony. the mayor said the customary ceremony was abandoned out of respect for bereaved families. arredondo has not responded to nbc news request for comment. after officials told us that he had not responded to their requests for a second interview, this morning, he's saying the opposite. telling cnn, he's been in touch with dps every day. >> we've been in contact with dps every day just so you all know. >> they say you're not cooperating. >> i've been on the phone with them every day. >> they say you're not cooperating. two seconds. >> we've been talking to them every day. >> joining us now with more, nbc news correspondent kwauds very nay gas from uvalde, texas. also with us, julia ainsley, and frank served as assistant director for counter intelligence at the fbi, now an msnbc national security analyst. thanks to all of you for being here. quad, what are you hearing as the funerals continue this morning?
>> chris, so we have the funerals and other services happening throughout date. when you look at the list it is overwhelming to see all the services happening today and tomorrow and later in the week for a town this small, that many names. in the next hours services at a catholic church for eliahna garcia. a lot of members of the community have asked to remain away from the media. they've -- some of them have posted notes on their doors asking people to give them their privacy, asking people to stay away while they mourn those that they have lost, so the community has been quiet. there's developing information every day as you mentioned, with peter arredondo and all the information happening. meanwhile, the family members want to focus on the services that are taking place throughout the day today and will continue for the rest of the week, chris. >> your heart breaks for them. we're getting new details about
what happened before the gunman entered the school. again, we're in a situation where it seems to be what we were first told, told again, and now hearing something again. >> exactly, chris. this teacher remains unidentified. we were first told last week propped open a door and that was the entry point for the gunman to enter the school. now we're being told that door wasn't propped open. a lawyer for this still unidentified teacher said when she saw the gunman coming she rushed into the school and pulled the door closed and that would ordinarily lock the door. that's the way the system was set up. texas department of public safety saying that the door did not lock as it should have. but it begs the question, chris, why was that even a detail that was told to the media as fact, that this door had been propped open bay teacher when the teacher herself saying i saw the gunman coming did what i was supposed to do, run into the school, and shut the door. we're getting more details from that. it begs the question, why was
this door unlocked? why did the gunman go in that route? what exactly happened in those critical moments as the gunman entered the school and then, again, we still want to know from peter arredondo who you showed why there was such a lag in response time to this shooting. >> obviously, anybody who has covered a school shooting or worked at a school shooting knows in those hours immediately after it happens, it's chaos. and often there is misinformation. but when three days later, five days later, seven days later, you're getting pretty key points of what happened changed, when you have officials there telling us and telling other folks, we're trying to get in touch with peter arredondo after he gave an initial statement, he has not responded to us, then he comes out and says i've been in touch with them literally every day, what do you think is going on here, frank? >> i don't like it. i think what we have is some game playing going on.
both can be true, right. i'm on the phone with dps every day, but i'm not responsive to their requests. in a statement, he said, we've been on the phone every day. when i hear that from my experience, that sounds to me like me and my lawyer. i don't know if he's lawyered up. but my guess is that he has. so it's not fair to the victims' families here to be retraumatized again as they continue to wonder whether the chief of the school police department is even fully responsive in cooperating. my gut tells me he is not and dps would not be telling us that if it weren't accurate. i sense frustration there. the other thing i'm increasingly frustrated with is now the news he's been sworn in to his elected -- his position on the city council. we need to first thing out whether he served his community well as on-scene commander that day before he is permitted, in my opinion, to serve his
community on the city council. i'm surprised by that and i think we'll soon see people very frustrated that he's been sworn in. >> let me also ask you to respond to that level of frustration because one of the things our correspondents on the scene have said repeatedly, understandably, the folks there are looking for answers, and we heard at the end of last week when they held a pretty extensive press conference, the head of this investigation on the ground said, we want to get the facts out. we want to do this. we know that the people want and deserve answers, and yet, we haven't heard from them now for what, four to five days. does that make sense to you? are they trying to -- are they afraid they're going to have something else throughout that is going to be not true? what is the reason for not keeping members of the community informed, frank? >> well, i think clearly they would be right. dps would be right to say that we can't trust the information we're getting from this municipality. now for them to come out
publicly and say -- think about that, that's a big deal, the department of public safety for the state of texas says we have a chief that's not responsive to us, that takes a lot to say that publicly. i think he's lost credibility with them. i think they're wondering if the doj investigation, the review, is going come in and somehow do better and wrap this up, but i begin to wonder, is this chief of police going to cooperate with doj when they show up on the ground? >> let me ask you what you think might be going on on a federal level. we know there is going to be this doj investigation, but in terms of looking at, for example, police training, we've heard that the police chief, indeed, had been training. it's regulation, that if you work in a school, you are supposed to have regular active shooter training. is there potentially something wrong with the training? is it -- i remember one time a police investigator saying to me, look, most police officers
will never just discharge their weapons in the line of duty and training for it being confronted with it are two different things. is there something different that needs to be done with training? when we look at what happened here, frank, what are the questions that should be asked from the local all the way up to the federal level? >> yeah. i think we can all read off a litany of questions we have that went wrong here. there's training and there's training. i can recall at post-columbine within the fbi this wasn't just classroom training. we have a record this chief received active shooter training, but was it just classroom? we wept out to the range, we continually, as a matter of course from the rest of my career, practiced stacking up without -- stacking up with whoever we got, the mantra, go with who you got. if it's the game warden and the deputy sheriff and you, you're going in, practice, practice, practice. we had long guns in all of our cars.
you could have a shotgun and you could have a semiautomatic rifle in the car. all of this needs to be explored whether training was academic in the classroom or whether they practiced. we need to know where the master key was and why wasn't it in the hands of a sergeant or the chief of the school police? where were the shields? where were the breaching tools? where was the county s.w.a.t. team, the city s.w.a.t. team. why did border patrol have to take over? was the right guy in charge or was he not qualified? doj is going look at all of this. in the meantime i fear he may have lawyered up. i fear he faces, rightly, civil exposure, potential criminal exposure, by the way, and he may be backing off of cooperation. >> frank, julia, and quad, thanks to all of you very much. as the investigation continues in uvalde, lawmakers in washington are continuing to discuss the potential path forward to reduce gun violence. this afternoon, a bipartisan group of senators will meet again to see if they can come up
with a bill that would address the issue or at least some part of it. this comes one day before the house judiciary committee is going to hold an emergency mark up session on several bills that democrats hope to bring to the floor soon. but some straights not waiting for congress to act. "the new york times" reports the governors of california, new york and new jersey are looking at new gun restrictions in the wake of the texas shooting. joining us new jersey's governor phil murphy. always good to see you and i thank you for making the time for us. so look, you guys already have some of the toughest gun laws in the country. what else are you looking for? what says to you from uvalde, we all need to take another look? >> good to be with you clishgs. in fact, we do have among the strongest gun safety laws of any american state, but they can be stronger. i think this is an and, both moment. we need both federal action, desperately, and in new jersey at least, we need to take further actionp with we've put a lot of laws, smart, common sense gun safety laws in place over
the past 4 1/2 years, but we could do more. things like you need to be 21 to purchase a long rifle. just like you have to have a driver's ed course to get a learner's permit, you have to get trained before you buy a gun. separate storage of weapons and ammunition. digitalization of ammunition sales. there's a whole range of laws that i want to see voted on, hopefully passed, and i'll sign as part of what we're calling gun safety package 3.0. >> there's a republican state senator who told why in philadelphia if i were governor i would get members of both parties along with his administration to gather in a room and let's start kicking ideas around. is that what is going to happen here? >> yeah. vince is a good man, and we have a lot of common ground. the fact of the matter is, this gun package has been out there for 13 months, so
notwithstanding the awful recent tragedies in buffalo and uvalde, these were ideas that we had put on paper in april of 2021. i am all for getting into a room with both sides of the aisle, but enough already. we've had plenty of time to do that. let's get these bills on the floor, let's get them voted on and god willing passed and i'll sign them. >> there are so many examples in other countries about how quickly they move. there was the biggest mass shooting, for example, in canada two years ago. turned out the gun was from maine. in spite of that, virtually overnight, they banned assault weapons. we've seen what just happened, right, with new zealand. we've seen what's going on in france. i mean, place after place after place, they're saying, too much. we've got to stop this. yet, you know what's happening in our country. do you see a path forward? you know a lot of these players and how congress works. do you see a path forward for federal legislation or is it
always going to be on the devlg desk of you and other governors? q. >> the new jersey legislation, i hope we can get something done this month, that is my hope. >> that quickly? >> yes. again, it's been out there 13 months, so it's -- it's quick post these awful tragedies, but not quick in the overall scheme of things. i'm optimistic because we've already got an lot done working with the legislature. in congress, you probably saw these polls, chris, that have come out where you've got 5 common sense steps that have support among americans anywhere from 67% to 88% of americans. when you've got overwhelm mag jorties for things like universal background checks, red flag laws, you have to be 21 to own a gun, my god, congress has to act. it is a shocking display of how powerful the gun lobby is, as it sits between the will of the american people and inaction in congress. enough already. let's use these huge majorities
to force legislation that i know the president will sign. >> are we at a place, governor murphy, where we're going to be in two americas? where states like yours and new york, states like california, where there are democratic majorities, democratic governors, they'll be able to have even tougher gun laws, but the rest of the country will do what we've seen, for example, in texas, which is roll back gun laws? >> in the absence of federal action, sadly, probably yes. but again, i'm on optimist when you have support with those kinds of numbers, i believe something can get done. by the way, chris, it's reproductive freedom, lbgtq, it's voting rights, it's how we think about the environment. you increasingly have a patchwork quilt in america of whole set of states going one way and new jersey and others going in a different, i believe, more enlightened direction. >> governor phil murphy, we
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overnight president biden announced his administration would be providing ukraine with more advanced rocket systems and munitions. in a "new york times" opinion piece the president said, quote, we have moved quickly to send ukraine a significant amount of weaponry and ammunition so it can fight on the battlefield and be in the strongest possible position at the negotiating table. the white house national security council says new weapons are the longer range multiple launch rocket systems. they are capable of reaching russia, but a senior administration official says ukraine has agreed in taking these weapons not to launch them into russia. as intense fighting continues in the east a ukrainian military official say russia has gained even more control of a critical city in the luhansk region. joining us now, msnbc news molly hunter in bucca, ukraine. let's talk about this advanced weapon system and anything
you're hearing on the ground? >> that's right. this is what ukrainian officials, ukrainian soldiers and fighters in the donbas, richard engel has been speaking to, this is what they've been asking for and saying will put them in a position to fight russia in the donbas region. the key city is server donestk, a small pocket in the donbas region the heaviest fighting. we got administration about that city, they say about 60% of the city is under russian control, 20% under ukrainian control. the rest no man's land. the front line breaks that city in half. that was the biggest city left in the donbas region. as the line pushes west, which was putin's original pretense, taking the donbas region. i'm going to run through the head of the president's office says ukraine needs weapons to liberate territories occupied by russia, liberate ukrainian land
and people, artillery, mrs the weapons system you mentioned, air defense systems are necessary. there was not a particular thank you, but it was certainly a reinforcement that this is exactly what troops on the ground need. the defense minister, chris, also said ukraine is in a critical phase of the war. we have extremely bloody battles on the east and we lack heavy weaponry. a push for more of that. the u.s. and president biden has announced a $700 million package that includes the advanced rocket systems you mentioned as well as weapons the u.s. has already sent like javelins. chris? >> what is it like in bucha where you are? weeks after it was the site of so many of those russian atrocities? >> yeah. chris, so this is my third day, fourth day back in the country. i haven't been to bucha in six weeks since we were last here. this may not look like much. i want to step aside to show you, last time i was here in mid april, driving rain, and this is
one of the biggest mass graves. there were investigators, international investigators, and ukrainian investigators, exhuming bodies from this area that you see, the sandy area, where behind the main church in downtown bucha. you can see it's completely covered up. there is green grass growing over that site. there are flowers. all the trees have leaves. it is a completely different scene. downtown bucha, people are walking around, going into cafes, coffee shops, trying to rebuild. i think the big question we just saw the mayor come through here with a load of ukrainian expats trying to raise money for the reconstruction of this city. the big question, though, for everyone not only how do you build houses and reconstruct kind of the infrastructure that was lost, but how do you heal a place like bucha after what it went through? >> that is a larger question. thank you so much for your ongoing reporting. joining us from warsaw, a co-founder and executive director of the anti-corruption action center in ukraine. i want to start, really, where she left off, which is they're
already talking in a place like bucha where, again, just weeks ago, she was standing at a mass grave, now people are talking about how to rebuild. where do you see where ukraine is right now, and the possibility for regaining your country? >> to be able to rebuild an entire country, including infrastructure, we need to get russians out of ukrainian occupied territories, because analyst always risk that missiles will be raining from the air and still there is no clear understanding of safety in any part of ukraine. russia regrouped and russia has now been focused in donbas. what is happening now in other cities in the east is similar to mariupol. russia is eliminating the entire
city. people there, they are undergoing new ones. we shouldn't forget about the south, specifically the regional administration of kherson. kherson is one of the larger cities occupied by russia during the first weeks of the invasion, and i'm hearing horrible news what's going on there. unfortunately, we are not able to see, but actually it's rape, it's intimidation, it's forceful relocation, but even worse, today is the international children's day, but children in the south in the occupied territories, they are forced to study the new russian curriculum. they have to study in russian and now russia is trying to take over their minds. they are in horror living in the occupied territories. the war is happening in very different ways through military,
but also now, through the means of changing even how ukrainians identify themselves. it's good that we are receiving some news about heavy weapons, but it's not clear whether it will be enough of this multilateral systems with quite long distance for ukraine and armed forces to liberate all of their occupied territories. >> one of the things we've heard recently from president zelenskyy as we are looking ahead and hoping there can be an end to this war, he said he is unwilling to trade ukrainian territory currently occupied by russia for peace. what in your mind then could be on the negotiating table? >> i don't know. i don't believe in negotiations with terrorists. russia is behaving as a state sponsor of terrorism and president biden said russia is a state sponsor of terrorism.
russia is committing genocide against the ukrainian people. what kind of negotiations can happen there? i believe this war can end with peace only through the victory of ukraine and that's why i'm a little bit disappointed, not a little bit, i am disappointed with the lack of warning about the need to support a ukrainian victory by president biden in his most recent "new york times" article. it's good and we are thankful for american people for support. now there is quite significant aid package with about $15 billion of aid for weapons, and in this aid, used properly, on those advanced weapons and the weapons have been delivered on time and in high quantity, then we actually can win. and we can get russians out of the occupied territories. you know, giving up territory, just imagine that, i don't know,
the u.s. is giving up alaska to russia. what does that mean for the ukrainian people to give up territory? it means to give up ukrainian people, to fascists, to make their atrocities like we've seen in beau cha but in bucha it was an online show, everybody seen that, but we can't see what's actually going on in that occupied territories. there is horror happening there. >> a vivid reminder of everything that continues to unfold. thank you for the work you do and thank you for taking the time to talk to us. what exactly is president biden doing to bring down the cost of living? that answer next. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports." "jose diaz-balart reports. like the shot they take. the memories they create. or the spin they initiate. otezla. it's a choice you can make. otezla is not a cream. it's a pill that treats plaque psoriasis differently. with otezla, you can achieve clearer skin.
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with high prices appearing to be the norm, at least in the near term, president biden says dealing with this issue is one of his top priorities. we get more now from nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: underscoring the threat that 40-year high inflation poses to the economy and his presidency, mr. biden calling a rare meeting with the chairman of the federal reserve, while insisting he will not interfere with the fed. >> chair powell and other leaders of the fed noted at this moment they have laser focus on addressing inflation, just like i am. >> reporter: jerome powell, appointed by president trump and renom nated by president biden, under fire for letting the inflation genery in out of the bottle, now trying to cool inflation by quickly raising interest rates. treasury secretary janet yellen admitting she got it wrong last year when she predicted a low risk of inflation calling it manageable. >> i think i was wrong then about the path that inflation
would take, as i mention there have been unanticipated and large shocks to the economy. >> reporter: republicans blame president biden. >> the historic high inflation democrats helped unleash with runaway spending last spring, is taking its toll on america's hope of the future. >> reporter: but it's not just an american problem. inflation in europe is also running at 8%, driven higher by the war in ukraine and the global supply chain crisis. the good news, chinese manufacturing is starting to emerge from another covid lockdown. hopefully jump-starting the supply chain. >> is there any hope inflation gets under control this year? >> there may be some initial signs, but it's too early to say whether inflation really has, so to speak, peaked. >> reporter: lumber prices coming down. target cutting prices on some items because they overstocked. in the meantime this is not just a u.s. problem as we've said. central banks in the uk and
canada, europe, raising interest rates to combat inflation. the trouble is, though, this could be a month's long or a year's long problem. back to you. >> tom costello, thank you for that reporting. with us to talk more about this, nbc news white house correspondent mike memoli. you know this, the data says in many ways the economy is in good shape. consumer spending is up and employment really low. people aren't feeling it, so what is the white house message going to be? >> it's interesting because you have the apparent disconnect between the kind of positive jobs data that the white house is really interested in talking about, but the feeling of average americans, that they just really can't get ahead with inflation being what it is. more than trying to explain this disconnect, what the white house appears to be trying to focus on is demonstrating that the president understand the disconnect. i was in the press briefing yesterday, which yes, once the excitement about bts, the k-pop group subsided and we heard from brian deese and karine
jean-pierre, they used the word understand ability a dozen times in reference to how the president views this problem. you also see this incredible admission from the treasury secretary we saw, janet yellen, who held about every major fiduciary post in washington acknowledging she was wrong about whether inflation was, as she said a year ashgs manageable. the way the white house gets to the explanation is pointing to a number of historic shocks to the system. you have, of course, covid, the ripple effects as it relates to the supply chains and then add to it what white house likes to call putin's price hike. what we heard from brian deese now as the white house is signalling a relentless focus in the month ahead on the economy is that the president is doing everything he can to deal with this, but he needs congress' help. this is part of an effort in a midterm election year to call out republicans who in the white house's view have voted against exactly the kind of policy that president thinks would further help americans deal with these cost supply issues. >> it's a double-edged sword for him because he ran on the idea
that he could bring republicans to the table. let's talk about the other big thing that a lot of consumers are worried about, and that is the baby formula shortage. the president is scheduled to meet with officials from major infant formula producers this afternoon to talk about efforts to ease the shortage. realistically what does the white house hope can come out this was meeting? >> when you talk about our team's reporting about the president's frustration with these crises, some unexpected and some like the baby formula he felt he should have been read in on sooner you see the effort to keep the president out front showing the public he's trying to deal with it. the president will be joined by the health and human services secretary as well as the u.s. surgeon general with the head of ceo of gerber and four other infant formula manufacturers. one to hear from the manufacturers themselves about the steps they're taking on their end to deal with it and expect to hear the president talk about some of the steps he's taking, invoking the defense production act, operation fly formula, we saw some of those flights last week bringing shipments from overseas
to the u.s. potentially expect to hear from the president more flights expected in the weeks ahead. chris? >> mike memoli, covering the white house for us, thank you so much. up next, how latinos are finding a new home in the republican party and why. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports." diaz-balart reports. it's hot! and wayfair has got just what you need. we need a rug. that's the one. yeah. yeah we're getting outdoorsy. save on outdoorsy furniture, decor, and more. you're so outdoorsy honey. what are you... spend less on everything outdoorsy at wayfair. ♪ wayfair you've got just what i need ♪
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political awakening. >> your children are not safe in the school system. >> excuse me, ma'am. >> i don't have anything against the lbgtq community at all. i don't think the kids should have it pushed on them. >> that was so good. >> it's socialism, socialism, socialism. it makes people that were once not extreme, extreme. >> joining me now here on set, paolo ramos host of "the field report" which premiers tonight at 10:00 eastern on msnbc and streaming on peacock. first, thank you. congratulations for the series because i think it's needed, and i am excited to see it. what i have seen of it, there are so many snippets of what i would call revelation. one of them is a guy who said, socialism. right. socialist, socialist, socialist.
talk about that? >> chris, that's the story we heard in 2020. that is the familiar story, the idea what drive many latina voters towards trumpism was the fear of socialism. what we found two years later is that the way this country is being polarized with the disinformation, really, really toxic culture wars, with the extremism, all of that is feeding off that fear of socialism and communism. what was striking was the way that's playing out in the classrooms. you see many latina moms perhaps on the sidelines for many years, we found many that were political, that used to be obama supporters, former democrats, and now, because of these culture wars, paired with this fear of socialism, they're awake. they're in the school board meetings, disrupting school board meetings, because they not only believe in the traditional values, but now they're paranoia is that this idea of communism is infiltrating the classrooms and that is sort of the new latina voter i'm starting to see
in florida. >> i think we have another piece, a sound from the series. let's take a listen. >> when republican governor ron desantis announced his plan to stop florida kids from learning too much about america's history of race and racism he brought special guests. where are you? >> right here. >> thank you. >> thank you so much. >> you can butcher my name any time. >> the leader of the miami moms for liberty, is part of the shift in the latina electorate and an ally of florida governor ron desantis and a support of his stop woke act which restricted discussions of race in workplaces and schools. >> remember, a lot of things with kids especially the younger kids, happen subliminally. work sheets have them, you know, where there's certain words,
slavery, you know, black history, certain keywords that are constantly, i'm not talking about one day or one week or one month, it is a constant display of this. that's an agenda in itself. >> it's interesting when i covered the governor's race in virginia, a republican won, when we talk about florida we think that's another country in and of itself. >> completely. and i think that's the key. it is very similar, right. a lot of these latina moms are saying the same talking points in virginia, anti-critical race theory, anti-lbgtq theorys in school. the layer in florida is back to the fear of socialism. someone who you saw on the screen her parents fled communist cuba. she took her kids out of the classrooms because she was paranoid that communism agenda, she uses the word agenda, was
pushed into the classrooms. when you pair these culture wars with that fear of communism, that combination, i think, is again, a different trend that you're starting to see in florida. it woke up people like her. the interesting thing, governor desantis, as you saw, is in very close contact with people like that. >> you could see, yeah, look people need to watch this and -- especially people need to understand really what's going on out there in the country. i thank you for joining us. paolo ramos. watch the report on the shift in latino voters. the first episode premiers at 10:00 p.m. eastern, 7:00 pacific. you can also stream it on peacock. coming up, a desperate situation in brazil right now. we have details about massive flooding and mudslides already more than 100 people have been killed. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports."
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today in uvalde as families prepare to say good-bye to their loved ones, the children who survived are facing a lifetime of trauma. joining me now, jessica bowles, assistant professor of practice in the department of psychology and human development at vanderbilt. this is heartbreaking and the only pediatrician in town says i'm in the clinic the next day, all i heard was i'm afraid he's coming for me, i'm afraid he's coming for me. where do you even start in helping these survivors, these youngest survivors feel safe? >> yeah, absolutely, it is hard even as adults to think about how do we go back to normal, how do we experience something like this and somehow get back to our normal days and routines. just like with adults, we can't
really go right back to normal the next day, so we don't expect kids to do the same. we see them having differences in their behavior, we see them talking about fears like they are mentioning with the pediatrician. really what kids need, they need accurate information, they need time and space to talk about their thoughts and feelings. and they need their community of support to rally around them and help them find comfort in these difficult feelings that they probably never experienced before. >> and this is traumatic for their moms and dads too. is it okay to say i'm scared too or do you want to be the rock for them? >> a lot of parents think child fix i've got to be the rock, i have to keep my emotions in, but sometimes what that can subtly communicate to children is that the things that they are feeling aren't normal. so they need to hear from you, you know, i'm scared too or this is really hard to me or i'm also really angry, do you want to talk about it, and give them some space to share what they think and feel.
because not only does that normalize their emotions, but it also creates a safe space so that they can continue to come to you for days, weeks and months as they continue to process the experience. >> and how important is to get back into a routine, a schedule, getting out into the yard and playing? >> absolutely. you know, play is the number one most important thing for children who have experienced stress. it seems kind of counterintuitive to us as adults, but play is the way that kids express their feelings and how they cope with really difficult situations. so we want them to have access to play whether that is playing at home, playing with their family, playing with their friends. whatever is normal for them. and going back to normal routines. it doesn't invalidate what the child has been through or seen or experienced, but instead helps them find that comfort and safety of knowing that even though the shooting feels like it changed everything, there are some things at my house that are comfortable and safe that nt have changed. and that can be my safe place to get the support that i need as i deal with this.
>> good advice for the children and also children who are afraid. jessica, thank you so much. that wraps up this hour for me. i'll see you back here at 1:00 eastern. yasmin vossoughian picks up our coverage right now. hey, everybody, good morning to you. i'm yasmin vossoughian. the uvalde community continuing to struggle through this heartbreaking week of saying good-bye to the kids and teachers killed in last week's senseless act of gun violence. there are ten separate visitations and services for the robb elementary school victims today including a funeral mass for 10-year-old jose flores jr. that is this afternoon. and then another funeral mags beginning this hour for every made garcia and her husband, joe, who died of a heart attack just days after losing his wife. they leave four children behind. we'll have me