Michael Dorn

Local schools try to reassure students in wake of Conn. shooting

Children clutching onto each other as they are hustled out of an elementary school. Parents weeping together in a school parking lot, police cars and ambulances flashing behind them. Police brandishing machine guns racing to a school.

While the images from Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., will haunt many, it is children — those who attend elementary schools much like the one where 20 students and six adults were killed — who may be the most profoundly affected, experts say.

"Children are going to be shaken by this because it was at a school, a place that is supposed to be safe and comforting," said Dr. Patrick Kelly, a psychiatrist at the Johns Hopkins...