Some of the police officers who responded to the school shooting in Newtown are so traumatized they haven’t been working, but they have to use sick time and could soon be at risk of going without a paycheck, a union official said Wednesday.

The number of officers that were “critically affected” by the tragedy is below 15 and a small number of them are not currently working.

A spokesman for Newtown police, Lt. George Sinko, said the officers are generally holding up well.

“A couple of them are taking it harder than some of the other one,”he said. “The things that the officers had to experience underscores the need to support them in every possible way.”

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