Undue child stress tied to violence, poverty

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Last year’s shooting death of 9-year-old Jamyla Bolden in Ferguson sent fear across the neighborhood and traumatized countless school children; and not only those who knew her, but also those who heard about what happened to her.

Our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch worked for months on this past Sunday's cover story, “The Crisis Within," which examines the devastating effects crime and poverty can have on children.

Nancy Cambria, the children and families reporter with the Post-Dispatch, and Dr. Kenneth Haller, president of the Missouri chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and associate professor of pediatrics at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, visit Fox 2 News in the Morning to discuss a possible toxic stress epidemic in poor neighborhoods.

The New Northside Missionary Baptist Church & The St Louis Post-Dispatch are also hosting a seminar for parents and grandparents who need to reduce not only their stress levels, the the levels of kids around them.

Parenting and Grandparenting Under Stress
The New Northside Conference Center
5939 Goodfellow Blvd.
Thursday, February 25
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
RSVP required: stltoday.com/stressfree
314-340-8900
free child care is available