December 14th, 2012
03:39 PM ET

Support crucial for kids after trauma

Follow news about Friday's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on CNN's live This Just In blog.

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN

(CNN) - School shootings such as the one at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, may have long-lasting consequences, but with proper support, many children are able to move on, experts say.

Children need to be with their families as quickly as possible after exposure to such horrific events, said Steven Marans, director of the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence/Childhood Violent Trauma Center at Yale University's Child Study Center.

Marans and colleagues are making themselves available to Connecticut officials, including the governor's office and state police.

The good news is that most kids do bounce back from a single incident of trauma, said James Garbarino, professor of psychology at Loyola University Chicago and author of "Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them." If children can get back into their normal routines and get proper support, he said, they will do well.

Long-term issues are more likely for children who were very close to someone who died in a shooting, who witnessed the event or who were in close physical proximity to it, Garbarino said.

In addition, "Kids who are having difficult lives before the event are the ones most likely to have issues," Garbarino said.

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  1. SilveusSnape

    Those kids had their lives ahead of them and he just took that all away. There is no need for this violence, yet, it just never goes away. My heart goes out to all those children, teachers, and others killed or affected by this tragedy.

    December 19, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  2. Farfora27

    I am very saddened by this trauma. My opinion really is that this had no benefit at all. First a guy goes, kills his own mother, 20 kids leaving families and friends heartbroken, then he kills 6 adults including teachers and the principal. Then after all the killing, he commits suicide. The worst thing of all is that parents, families, and friends have to mourn their loss during Christmas.

    December 17, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  3. James

    I feel really bad for those kids because they never got to live thier life to the fullist

    December 17, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  4. Angie

    My heart goes out to all those who lost their lives on this tragic day. I am srry to all the famiies who lost children or a family member on this day.

    December 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  5. Zowie

    The little angles of this tragedy will be missed!<3 These little angles will be missed but never forgotten! No one should have to go through this tragedy! I would like to thank all the teachers that risked thier life to save these little angles.My prayers go out to all the victims families and friends!<3

    December 17, 2012 at 9:59 am |
  6. mike

    Interesting how this article is posted on yet the CNN reporters on the scene and producers had no qualms at all about sticking microphones in the faces of children outside of the school and interviewing them on air moments after they were evacuated. The contemporary media is disgusting, immoral, and has no boundaries except those which improve ratings and profits.

    December 14, 2012 at 7:58 pm |