Annette Brown hugged her 5-year-old granddaughter a little bit tighter this morning after watching news reports on the tragedy that hit Newtown, Connecticut.

“It’s so sad to think what all those parents are going through,” Brown said.

Brown picked up her granddaughter from Chicora Elementary School in North Charleston after the girl started to feel sick in class. They walked home side by side this morning.

“I never let her walk from school alone,” Brown said in reference to the area’s safety.

Brown said local schools could stand to rethink some their security policies following Friday’s shooting.

“But South Carolina a lot of times doesn’t think to do things until it’s too late,” Sarah Gathers, who stopped to chat with Brown along the way, added.

Schools in Charleston county were trying to be proactive. Superintendent Nancy McGinley asked all principals to have mandatory meetings to review safety procedures, and schools will have an increased police presence at least through the end of the year, officials said.

McGinley stressed safety precautions in an automated phone call to parents in the district, adding that “no amount of planning can guarantee that a tragedy will not occur.”

She also urged parents to talk with their children about the shootings, and to seek assistance from school guidance counselors or mental health professionals if necessary.

Read more in Tuesday’s editions of The Post and Courier.