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Parents on edge following Connecticut school shooting

Posted at 12:49 PM, Dec 17, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-17 13:37:46-05

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) - For some parents, saying goodbye to their children at school Monday was more difficult than most mornings. It was the first day back at school since Friday's shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

"My fear is it probably won't be the first or the last time we see something like this unfortunately," Michael Gwaltney, whose child attends school in Richmond, said.

Gwaltney, a father of three, said dropping his nine-year-old off at Mary Munford Elementary School's front door and putting his four-year-old on a school bus was difficult.

"So many people are crazy," Gwaltney said.  "There are so many of them out there."

Many parents opted to bring their children to school Monday morning.

"You realize that could be any school, anywhere," another parent said.  "There's not much we can do, but you can walk with your child up to the door and make sure they go in safely - beyond that you trust."

Following Friday's shooting, there several meetings planned across Central Virginia to continue discussing safety procedure for area schools.