Psychiatrist: Families 'Grieving Terribly'
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A trauma physician and psychiatrist who was one of the first mental health experts on the scene of the Connecticut school shooting said 'people were crying and grieving terribly.' (Dec. 14)

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SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYNewton, Connecticut - December 14, 20121. Medium shot of woman talking to police officer2. Wide shot of law enforcement vehicles near staging area3. Wide shot of family members talking to police officers4. SOUNDBITE: Dr. John Woodall/Psychiatrist"there's a room in the back of this building that is a dining area that was being used as a community support area. So there was a prayer session from the catholic church, episcopal church and the local rabbi. the clergy was there comforting people. everybody knows everyone so they were just comforting each other in that room and worried. And then there was an announcement made by state police that there were no survivors. And you can imagine, it was horrible."5. Wide shot of emergency vehicles near staging area6. SOUNDBITE: Dr. John Woodall/Psychiatrist"People were crying and they're grieving terribly. These are children so just wails of grief of this inexplicable loss. And then trying to find other families members and pull together so they could comfort each other. I was there - looking for someone who might be standing by themselves and tried to give them comfort or just be with them until their family could show up."7. Medium shot of man, woman hugging8. SOUNDBITE: Dr. John Woodall/Psychiatrist"i do this for a living - i do trauma work for a living. i ran trauma programs overseas for the state dept and i worked in school shootings before none of that counts. all that counts at that moment is another human being is there for you so you just hold them while they weep and just be there for a while."9. Wide shot of woman on phone being comforted10. SOUNDBITE: Dr. John Woodall/Psychiatrist"the loss of a child is the worst, it's the most unnatural thing to have a child die before you. It doesn't get any worse than that. It's a strong community, it's a resilient community, the task now is for the community to give this a meaning. It's like in new york city after 9/11, the lesson of 9/11 wasn't that we should be afraid or that we should be angry or bitter or blame or point fingers. The lesson of 9/11 is that we're all in this together and we need to show compassion for each other and give meaning to the loss. This community can do that, this community will pull together."11. Wide shot of law enforcement near staging areaSTORYLINE:Trauma physician and psychiatrist Dr. John Woodall was one of the first mental health experts on the scene after a deadly shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. Panicked parents raced to Sandy Hook Elementary School, about 60 miles northeast of New York City, looking for their children. Family members were taken to firehouse near the school that was being used as a staging area.Inside the firehouse, Woodall said "there was an announcement made by state police that there were no survivors. And you can imagine, it was horrible."Twenty-six people, including 20 children, were killed Friday inside an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. The attack, coming less than two weeks before Christmas, was the nation's second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre that left 33 people dead in 2007.Woodall said "These are children so just wails of grief of this inexplicable loss. And then trying to find other families members and pull together so they could comfort each other. I was there - looking for someone who might be standing by themselves and tried to give them comfort or just be with them until their family could show up."The attack, coming less than two weeks before Christmas, was the nation's second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre that left 33 people dead in 2007.(****END****)