Anxious parents pick up kids in Shorewood

CREATED Dec. 14, 2012

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SHOREWOOD - Letters went home with Shorewood students explaining the plan not only for today, but the future.

 
More than 500 students attend Atwater Elementary in Shorewood. It's a similar size school to the one in Newtown, Connecticut.
 
"My heart absolutely breaks for the families," Principal and Safety Coordinator Tim Kenning says.
 
But, Kenning says the shooting placed them on alert.
 
"We do have an open line of communication with police," Kenning says.
 
He made immediate contact with police, putting their safety plan into motion.
 
"Our conversation was we're about to be outside for recess," Kenning says.
 
"There's going to be a certain a large rise in anxiety levels around elementary schools today."
 
Police beefed up patrols outside while phones at the front desk were ringing.
 
"Parents concerned wanting to know if we knew about it and making sure we didn't talk to their kids about it which is something we would never do," Kenning says.
 
Over at Whitefish Bay Middle School, parents were anxious to see their kids.
 
"Actually I'm picking up my grandson," one driver said.
 
"I pick him up all the time but especially today because of the sadness."
 
Parents realized the shooting was on the East Coast, but they considered picking up their kids early today.