Anxiety among some local parents as kids return to school

By HILARY LANE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Monday marked the first day back to school for area children after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut that left 26 people dead at the hands of an armed gunman.

Many local schools are stepping up security and making sure guidance counselors are available to speak to students and help them understand the events that have transpired.

Some area parents said it is tough sending their children back to school after a tragedy of this magnitude. While some of the people we spoke with say they feel their children are safe in Mohawk Valley Schools, others have concerns.

"Everybody is concerned," said Mary Brown of Utica. "You have children and you worry about them. School is supposed to be a place they are going so they can be safe."

"I am not concerned," said Mary Johnson of Utica. "I think it is a random screwy thing."

"Something like this is always possible no matter what," said Mike Johnson of Mohawk. "It could happen but you want to hope and pray for the best."

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