Students across the country will walk back into their classrooms Monday for the first time since the shooting. In Maryland and Virginia, police department are mobilizing to provide added security and the schools are preparing to handle students and staff members who find it tough to get through the day.
Ana Mejia says she is filled with dread at the thought of letting her two girls return to class tomorrow. 12 year old Haley isn't looking forward to it either.
"I'm actually really scared, you always think it's supposed to be secure because there are cameras everywhere, but you don't know what's going to happen," Haley says.
Claire Frank is really scared. Her daughter Julia works at a preschool.
Connecticut shattered what she thought about schools being safe havens.
"At this elementary school, they had security in place, but all he had to do was shatter a window, or a door. There are limits, "Franks says.
Ironically, Julia Frank says they've practiced the exact scenario at the pre-school like the real life drama in Connecticut.
"We're always like it's just a drill. It could never happen here," Julia Frank says. "Now, I guess it could."
The Stafford County Sheriff's Office, along with Howard County Police, and Loudoun County Police have announced extra patrols around the schools to make everyone feel safe.
Montgomery and Fairfax Counties will have extra counselors on standby to help students and staff cope, and in Prince George's County Schools, there will be a system-wide moment of silence at 10 am in honor of the victims.
"As a mother of three, my heart breaks for the people there, especially at the holidays," Claire Frank says.
Ana Mejia says as much as she'd like to just stay home, she's forcing herself to go back to class Monday ,with much apprehension--and a little anger too .
"I don't think it's fair that we shouldn't feel safe anymore," Mejia says. "I just stay home, that's where I feel safe."
A lot of local police departments say the ramped up patrols are for Monday only.
Stafford County says they'll continue theirs indefinitely.
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