August 27th, 2013
01:03 PM ET

Newtown Students Return to School, Parents Still Mourn

As students in Newtown, Connecticut, return to school Tuesday, many debate how officials can keep students safe after the December massacre that left 26 people dead, most of them children.

CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

For many of the victim's families, this time of year is a solemn reminder of loss.

As Mark and Jackie Barden send their two children, 11 year-old Natalie and 13-year old James, back to school, they cannot put their son Daniel on the bus to second grade.

Daniel was one of 20 children and six educators killed during the horrific shooting spree inside Sandy Hook Elementary.

Mrs. Barden tears, "You know it's still day to day, and we have better days then others."

For the school district as a whole, Debbie Leidlein, Chair of the Board of Education, says they're doing everything they can to put families at ease.

Those measures include better locks on doors, real-time monitoring systems and more armed guards  at every school.

The Bardens' aren't asking for more guns. They want to see more kindness.  

"We have to try to do the good work that he was supposed to do here," says the contemplative father. "We're gonna try our best to do it for him."

But Brown says school districts across the country are adding more armed security guards, especially in elementary schools.

Do you think this is the right solution to violence in schools?

Leave your thoughts in the comments or tweet to @PamelaBrownCNN

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