By Ava Wilhite
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- As the community of Newtown, Conn., mourns the 28 lives lost in the second most deadly school shooting in the nation, Lowcountry parents, teachers and school administrators are also trying to piece together how and why it happened.
"It's the worst nightmare for a superintendent and a community," said Charleston County Schools superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley.
She said there is protocol they follow if any incident like this were to occur.
"We take every precaution we can in Charleston to keep our schools safe and this will undoubtedly redouble our focus on school safety, which is as I said our number one priority," said McGinley.
Superintendent of Dorchester District 2 Joe Pye said the roles of schools and school administrators have changed as shootings and other dangerous incidents occur on school property.
"The security and safety of the children have become paramount," said Pye.
Pye said in his district, locking down each classroom is procedure when there is any kind of threat.
"It puts us all in a bad situation because were supposed to be teaching kids," said Pye.
Teachers, including Mary Scholtens, said they feel safe with their district emergency plans.
"As a teacher, I started to think, 'Well, we have a lot of safeguards here in place in Charleston County to protect children, and I'm sure that we will now renew that commitment to those things that our administrators have told us to do,'" said Scholtens.
For parents watching basketball practice in Mount Pleasant, the images coming from Newtown are hard to shake.
"There aren't words that you can say to make a parent feel better about that fact that at least 30 people lost a parent or a child or a brother or sister today, there is nothing you can say about that," said Scott Myers, a father of two.