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Lowcountry schools show support for Newtown victims

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BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

The school shooting in Connecticut is weighing heavily on our hearts. As school teachers and students across the country headed back to school Monday, many showed their support for the victims and their families.

The tragedy in Newtown may have happened many miles away from Beaufort but it's certainly hitting home at area schools including Mossy Oaks Elementary.

"It's all on everyone's mind," said Donald Gruel, Mossy Oaks Elementary principal. "I came in here on Saturday and changed the sign because I just felt that we wanted the community to know our thoughts and prayers are with them and I think everyone as they walk the hallways today, parents included, are just very concerned."

The American flag outside the school is now at half staff and many teachers and students at the school wore green and white Monday to show their support.

"To show that I care about what happens no matter if it is here or not," said Oscar Eller, Mossy Oaks Elementary student. 

Many at Riverview Charter School also took part in this national effort.

"Green and white were the school colors so I wore this today to support them," said Kendall Duncan, Riverview Charter School student.

"I'm just hoping the green shows much thought the United States that people care and feel bad for all those families who lost their children," said Sarah McMullen, Riverview Charter School student.

"Just to show support for the horrible tragedy in Connecticut and just to let those families know we are thinking about them and that we are with them in what is clearly a horrible time of grief for them," said Alison Thomas, Riverview Charter School principal. 

"I just thought about how sad that would feel if that happened to the little kids at our school," said McMullen.

In light of all that's happened, educators at most every school have a heightened awareness and are mindful of the precious responsibilities they have.

"I personally have three children of my own and 440 children of my own at school. I just want each and every parent to know that we're going to do everything we need to do to keep them safe," said Gruel.

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