CHARLOTTE, N.C. On Friday at elementary schools in Charlotte parents were seen hugging their kids a little tighter.

The first thing I wanted to do when I heard this was come in and pick them up because you can't imagine this happening, said Gretchen McFee a parent who reacted to the tragedy in Connecticut.

NBC Charlotte spoke with parents at Highland Creek Elementary following the school shooting in Newtown that left at least 20 children dead.

We had a conversation earlier when we found out about it, about homeschooling because you're just terrified because that's the one place your children should be safe, said Paige Ludlow a parent.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools say they work with police to keep schools safe.

Safety policies are regularly discussed with principals and district leaders. We will continue to be proactive in our security procedures to provide a safe and positive learning environment for all students, said the District in a prepared statement.

Some parents like Kim Hester don t think that s far enough.

It's not going to be easy but if we have to keep the schools locked down most of the time for the safety of our children then I think that's what we need to do, said the former teacher.

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