What was it like getting your child ready for school this morning? We posed the question to parents on Facebook.com/HLN. Whether they sent their children off to school or kept them home, it was clear the mass shooting in Connecticut weighed heavily on the minds of many.
I felt like I was sending them off to war and not to school. Had to tell them they may see police around the school, but don't worry, they will be fine. Holding back tears I said I love you and now I am praying for their safe return home. - Laura H.
My 10-year-old daughter asked should she look for a secret hiding spot in HER classroom.... I'm surprising her with lunch today to reassure her. KIDS should NOT be worried about this. Kids should worry about a upcoming test NOT finding a "hiding spot" to not be shot!!!! - Kathy M.
I sent mine, but I'm thinking I shouldn't have. She is in high school, but it could happen anywhere:( - Kim H.
I gave my girls a "mental health day," and allowed them to stay home. - Sally G.
I talked to him about listening to his teachers in emergency situations, and his dad is going to talk to their principal about safety measures. - Amanda W.
No, I tried to keep our routine normal. And after he got out of the car at school, I cried all the way to work. - Amanda M.
I have heard from parents all over they are going to their children's schools to find out their safety protocols. I think as a nation we are all shaken by this tragedy. - Marianne R.
Hugged them a little tighter & reminded them to hug their teachers. - Kim D.
I let my son take his bear, which has always given him comfort even at 8 years old. I walked him into school instead of "dropping" him off. An extra hug and another I LOVE YOU... I didn't want to let him go!! - Anna B.
No, I sent them to school without a second thought. Today is another day. I refuse to live in fear, and I refuse to allow my children to become afraid. It is bad for their mental health to be exposed to all of this fear and anxiety. - Tina S.
Started the process of enrollment at a school that has armed guards for next year. - Mandi F.
I hugged my 7-year-old tighter and made my 13-year-old hug me... even in front of his friends. - Shannon N.