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Local elementary school parents react to Connecticut Tragedy

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Parents at Hillsborough County schools saw an increased security presence at campus' countywide, and Westchase Elementary was no exception.  Several patrol cars were parked in the main parking lot as parents dropped their children off for the day.

Susie and Keith Sidwell normally let their girls ride the bus to school.  Today they walked with them, clutching their hands tightly.  Susie says she was in the car with the girls on Friday when she heard the news.  "I burst in to tears,"  Susie Sidwell said.  "I felt like I owed them an explanation.  Over the weekend, the family discussed the shooting, but Susie says she never brought up that the tragedy took place in an elementary school, not unlike Westchase.  Keith Sidwell says he feels like the school is handling the situation well.  "We appreciate their attentiveness to the details."  Keith Sidwell said.  "We also realize they can only do so much. And what they are doing is basically as best as they can. "

Westchase Principal Scott Weaver says school counselors will be on hand for any parent or student who needs someone to speak with.  "We're going to be looking for students that may appear as though they are going through the grieving process and if we see any parents that are upset we're going to encourage them to not remain in the classroom but to come up to the front office and we will have our school psychiatrist our guidance counselor, myself available to speak with them. "

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