Monday many parents here in West Virginia were nervous about sending their students back to class.
It was the first time children locally had returned to school since word of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary began dominating headlines.
Some parents described feelings of helplessness. Others said they made sure to let their kids know how much they are loved, many times before they left Monday morning.
"It is a sickness and heaviness in the pit of your stomach," described parent Tarayn Sears about send the feeling of sending her daughter Abby, 6, to school Monday. "There are no words to describe what it feels like to put your child's life in the hands of other people and hope that someone evil doesn't come and take them away from you."
Sears said she shielded her daughter from most of the details of the shooting. But she did give her some advice. Sears told Abby to listen to what her teachers say and trust them to keep her safe if anything bad happens.