LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Kentuckiana parents held onto their kids even tighter after school following news of a tragedy in Conn.
Lee McWhortor’s daughter goes to Meyzeek Middle School, he sat eagerly waiting to see her.
“I’m just waiting for my kids to get out so I can tell them I love them. I feel bad for the people it happened to," McWhotor said.
Nearly two dozen elementary aged kids were gunned down in Connecticut Friday morning. Even hundreds of miles away local parents were shaken by the tragedy.
"I feel like you should be able to send your babies to school and they [will] be fine. That would rip me apart,” Faye Craft said.
Chalee Lightsy, whose son is in elementary school, said she came to his school because she wanted to take him out early so she could see him.
"I know he’s safe. His classroom is right there, but I am sitting here because I do want to go in and wrap my arms around him," Lightsy said.
Matthew Gorman said he is heartbroken for the parents who will never get to kiss their kids goodnight again.
“I have a 4 and a half year old. I can’t imagine ever, ever having to go through that right now. My thoughts are with the parents and everything they are going through. It’s just horrifying…horrifying, “ Gorman said.
WHAS11 talked with Dr. Bryan Carter, a psychiatry professor from the University of Louisville. Carter says the first step is to listen to your children and find out what they know. He says the conversation you have with your children should then depend on the child's developmental level.