In Hancock County, parents, school officials contemplate a tragedy


Fearing the worst: Frantic about the fate of her sister, a teacher who was inside Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, a woman waits to learn more information. Dozens of parents and loved ones of those who work at the school gathered outside the building after the shootings. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

HANCOCK COUNTY — Julie Adkins couldn’t help but think about the grieving parents 800 miles away Friday as she picked up her children from Eastern Hancock Elementary School.

The mother of a 6-year-old kindergartener – the same age of some of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. – said the tragedy was mind-boggling.

“For my children here at Eastern, I feel safe and blessed. It’s a good, safe environment,” said the Willow Branch resident. “It’s just heart-wrenching, because I’m sure (Newtown parents) didn’t think it would happen, either.”

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