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Fear permeates young lives of Newtown survivors

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With time, Posey said, his son has shown signs of recovery.

For a period after the shooting, the boy was fearful and worried about everyone’s safety, insisting they go look for his mother when she left the house. But he now understands when his mother is gone. He’s playing sports again. A long vacation to the Grand Canyon this summer appeared to help the whole family.

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Posey said his son also talks about becoming a detective who helps children.

Rojas said his son was excited to return to school this fall and see his friends but also apprehensive. Overall, he said, his son is "OK." He wishes someone could tell him everything will be fine in a few years, but he knows it will be a long road for his son and the other survivors.

"Not a day goes by that we’re not thankful that we do have our son," Rojas said. "I think about our friends and neighbors who don’t have that blessing anymore. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about those 20 kids."

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