Newtown massacre felt in Sonoma County schools

The shadow of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre lay in varying degrees across Sonoma County classrooms on Monday but touched most heavily on parents and school staff, local educators said.

"I think it's hitting adults much harder than our kids," said Patricia McCaffrey, principal of Hidden Valley Elementary School in Santa Rosa.

"All of them think of their own children, think of the children they're responsible for," she said.

Signs of the tragedy's ripples were evident at school districts around the county. Flags were lowered to half-staff, following President Barack Obama's order. More counselors were made available. Moments of silence were held at some schools.

At the Sebastopol Charter School, parents met in the morning to discuss security and safety procedures, and several volunteered for the emergency committee, Executive Director Susan Olson said.

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