There are more than 800 students at Green T. Lindon Elementary in Youngsville. The assistant principal Brandon Singleton says the goal is to have a normal school day. Singleton says a moment of silence was observed earlier. "We know that parents are handling it in many different ways. We are here just as support making sure our counselors and administrators are available."
Singleton says parents were sent a letter drafted by the school counselor. Many questions may come up at home - after school is out.
"Just giving parents tips on how to address it and handle it in their home when it arises."
Breaux Bridge High School Counselor C.J. Caldwell says a situation came up in one classroom. Students were talking about the shooting in Connecticut. Caldwell says teachers need to be as honest as they can about what happened. "There is so much rumor and speculation; and so much false information. We wanted to let the students know exactly what we knew to be true; and what we are doing to keep them safe."
Caldwell says at times individual counseling may be called for; especially if the student is emotional. If they're too upset for the student, then the parent should be contacted. "If they are too upset to stay at school, we call their parents and encourage their parents to talk about the situation with them."