Illinois parents worry about kids after Connecticut shooting


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Posted Online: Dec. 17, 2012, 12:12 pm
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CHICAGO (AP) Parents are sending their children off to school with a little more anxiety than normal.

Friday's mass killing at a Connecticut elementary school had Chicagoan Melissa Tucker worrying about safety as she dropped off her 9-year-old child at Jahn Elementary Monday morning.

Tucker says she thought about keeping her child home until she learned the school would be taking extra precautions to ensure all students entering and leaving the building were where they were supposed to be and safe. She says she plans to speak to school staff later Monday.

Parent Melissa Ortega called, 'I love you' to her 8-year-old daughter as the girl ran onto the Jahn Elementary schoolyard. Ortega says she grieved for the families in Connecticut.

The shooting claimed the lives of 26 people, including 20 children.














 



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