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Following street celebrations over Osama bin Laden’s death, parents and teachers grappled on May 2 with a weighty question: how to explain to children when, or if, it is acceptable to kill another human being.

Many treaded lightly on the difficult subject, allowing children to ask questions and stating their own mixed feelings about bin Laden’s dramatic death. Others tried to connect the takedown in purely historical terms—an event directly...

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