by: Catherine Bilkey Updated:
DAVIDSON, N.C. - Parents and teachers gathered Saturday at Davidson Elementary School, holding a vigil in light of the tragedy in Connecticut.
They grieved together in a small town not unlike Newtown, but students at Davidson Elementary have not seen the tragedy that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary.
"It's just devastating," teacher Arvona Able said. "It makes you think of your own children, just hug them a little bit tighter and love them."
As an elementary school teacher, Able is deeply troubled by what happened in Newtown. She called the horrific violence unbelievable.
"It also makes us think what else we can do to protect these little ones at school while we're here," Able said. "I've done a lot of reflecting."
Parents across the country have also been reflecting. They've had to decide what to tell their kids and when.
"My 4-year-old, I haven't really talked to her at all about it," Stephanie Shryock said. "My 8-year-old -- I'm waiting for her to initiate the conversation."
At the vigil, parents showed each other support, and they said their hearts go out to the families of the victims.
"I don't think there are words to console," Shryock said. "And I feel like if I said anything my words would come out so just … insufficient."