Though Newtown, Conn., is nearly three hours outside of town, the news of a massive school shooting at an elementary school is leaving an impact on Wilmington parents.
According to coverage on Newtown Patch in Connecticut, reports say that 27 people are dead, including 18 children, after a gunman inside Sandy Hook Elementary School opened fire this morning.
Readers on the Wilmington Patch Facebook page said that though the incident happened far from Wilmington, it still hits close to home.
"I have a five-year-old at Wildwood. Stories like this break my heart and make me want nothing more than to go pick him up from school," said Jennifer Johnson Erickson. "Terrifying. Scary thing is it can happen anywhere, anytime."
Just last week, Wilmington schools prepared for situations similar to this one with lockdown drills at Wilmington Middle School and Wilmington High School.
Many parents in Wilmington praised the town's efforts to prepare for and prevent these kind of incidents, and also said it is stunning to see such a grusome scene develop in an elementary school.
"Anyone who thinks it can't happen in our or any community is kidding themselves," said Donna Pietrzak Leone. "I applaud our schools in Wilmington for the extent they go to to keep our kids safe. I have four students ranging in grades from eighth to third and have seen this district's commitment to student safety evolve in that time period."
Though Wilmington parents have no personal connection to the Connecticut school, it is still emotional for them to watch coverage of what is likely one of the worst school shooting in United States history.
"I'm crying and sick thinking about this," said Colleen Fogg O'Hearn, who has a child at Boutwell School. "The scariest part is thinking about what we've done to the world that this could happen, but also what comes next? What does the world have in store for our kids as they grow? And how do you deal when they become old enough to hear about it and realize it could happen to them? So sad. My heart is breaking for those families."
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