The images are heart wrenching, the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut is among the deadliest in American history. The tragedy has captured the attention of many parents in KELOLAND.
"It's scary. It makes you think 'What could happen to my kid?' 'What could happen here locally?," parent Kali Drews said.
Parents at Robert Frost Elementary lined the streets, a few with tears in their eyes and were anxiously waiting for their own children to walk through the doors.
Jack Peterson, a father of two students at Robert Frost, said when he first heard of the shootings, he took action.
"I was shocked, of course. Then my first reaction was to come to the school and talk to the principal," Peterson said.
Peterson said he asked the principal about increasing the safety of the students. And with Friday's events, the principal tells him school safety is continuing to be a priority.
The shootings hit home with Dennis Requist, who was picking up his granddaughter from the school, he was a former homeowner in Newtown, Connecticut
"We have to stop the people that are doing this," Requist said.
Drews has a first grader at Robert Frost, she said she will be thinking twice about her precious son.
"Keep a better eye on him and things like that and make sure security here at school is as good as it can be," Drews said.
But these parents all had one thing in common; they have so much more to hang on to this holiday season.
"My heart really goes out to those families and I feel really bad for those people who have to deal with a loss today," Drews said.