a throw-away line I wonder about
Toward the beginning, when the storm's just starting. "They're keeping the big kids on the mainland, for at least tonight, the water's too choppy to send them back by water-bus."
Obviously we know it's a very small town. When those kids returned, I wonder if they were told the truth or kept in the dark? On one hand, the less the events are spoken of, the happier they'll be and all that, and why drag them in. On the other hand, seems like it'd be hard to not tell them, because it seems like they'd definitely pick up on there being more to the truth than the version created for the public.