Host: Is one child at a greater risk for a severe emotional reaction after a school shooting than another?

Dr. Hayley Sherwood: Some children or adolescents are more likely to have a strong emotional reaction to a school shooting, especially those who are directly involved in the trauma especially as a victim, have prolonged exposure to the event are temperamentally prone to anxiety or other mental health problems, have a history of behavioral problems, or at similar age to the shooter or victims, have been previously traumatized including victims of child abuse and witnesses to domestic violence, have limited family and social support or have ongoing stressers such as divorce, a new home or school or financial difficulty.