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Teacher gets touching note from student following Paris attacks

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The note Brittany Cozza received. The note Brittany Cozza received.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Senseless violence is troubling worldwide, and a tragic event like the terror attacks in Paris heightens fear throughout the world.  It's not just adults who are dealing with that fear. 

A local elementary school teacher spoke to KHQ about how one of her students reacted to the attacks. 

Brittany Cozza, a fifth grade teacher at Garfield Elementary is planning a trip to Paris over Christmas break, to visit a friend who is teaching English abroad.  She told her students so they would understand her absence because she wouldn't be back before school started again. 

Then on Friday tragedy struck when the City of Light was subject to an extremely dark act.

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"I really wasn't sure if any of the kids would know about it or really be that concerned about it," says Cozza.  Then Cozza learned just how much a young mind can pick up on. 

"I did have one student who came up to me and slipped me a note just before that student went to lunch," Cozza recalls.  "It said, 'Dr. Miss Cozza I don't want you to go to Paris, because I don't want you to die.'"   

"It was the saddest thing I think I've ever read and the sweetest thing I think I've read," Cozza tells KHQ.  "I just had tears in my eyes just that this 5th grader had this awareness about the world."

She then had a private conversation with that student to talk about the note.    

"I basically just expressed that bad things sometimes happen in a world that's meant to be good and you just have to keep going and living your life." 

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