Children Head Back to School

December 17, 2012 Updated Dec 17, 2012 at 1:14 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By Rachel Elzufon

December 17, 2012 Updated Dec 17, 2012 at 1:14 PM EDT

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY (WKBW) - Many school districts in Western New York have added security in the wake of Friday's school shooting in Connecticut.

So many students and their parents had many strong feelings before heading off to school for the first time since a suspected gunman in Newtown, Connecticut killed 20 elementary students and six staff members and teachers.

Williamsville schools are now seeing an increased police presence while parents drop off and pick up their children. There will also be additional personnel placed at the entrances to schools.

Some parents hope this increased patrol will be permanent.

Many parents are also forced to talk to their children about the mass shooting.

Dawn Johnson, who has grandchildren in elementary and middle school, says she "basically told them what we heard the psychologist on TV said to say -- it's okay. Your school is safe. And we're all aware of how you might feel."

Cheryl Speier said her daughter has been very worried. Speier adds "Actually the one idea we did say -- if you were in the middle of the confusion, what would you have done? And I thought of laying down and pretend you were dead."

That is how one child at Sandy Hook Elementary School survived. She pretended to be dead, and is now the sole survivor of her first grade class.

In Williamsville, school counselors are on hand too -- prepared to support children with any questions or fears about the shooting in Connecticut.