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NEW ORLEANS -- News of Friday morning's tragedy in Connecticut sparked shock and sadness around the country. Some parents in New Orleans said they were driven to tears at the thought of such an unthinkable shooting.

Dibert School in Mid-City held a moment of silence for the young victims of the school shooting just before their bell rang and school let out for the day. School officials said they're reviewing their security procedures, while other schools in the metro area are taking steps to make sure security officers are on alert.

'I just wanted to run over here and get him and keep him with me,' said Sherry Barkman, a parent. 'You don't want to live in fear. Your automatic response is just to take them and keep them as close to you as you can have them.'

As parents picked kids up from school, they said news that a gunman could kill 20 young children really struck a chord, and they worry about potential copy cats.

'It was devastating, just imaging if it was one of my kids or any kid, any child. It just went through me as if it was my own,' said Tabitha Brumfield. 'My heart dropped instantly.'

'The first thing that comes through my mind is to think about when I was a mother,' said Lynn Gutterman, a grandmother. 'Things weren't like this at all. I didn't worry about my children being out after dark or worrying about them at school.'

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