08/26/2014 11:28 am ET Updated Aug 26, 2014

Mom Of Sandy Hook Students Explains What It Was Like To Send Her Kids Back To School

Mom Sarah Walker Caron, whose son and daughter attend Sandy Hook Elementary School, sent her children back to school just three and a half weeks after that fateful day. She recently joined HuffPost Live host Nancy Redd to talk about what that experience was like, explaining that the first day back to school following the shooting was especially emotional.

“It is probably one of the hardest things you can do as a parent, but it was also necessary,” she said. “Kids need to go back to school and they need to see that school is still a place of learning and that while we lost many many people that day, many people survived."

Caron said that although she was “completely unprepared” to deal with the situation, she stayed strong for her kids.

“I knew statistically it wasn’t going to happen again, but as a parent, the last time I sent my kids to school, something horrible had happened,” she said. "But on the outside, I felt like it was my job to set the tone for how we react to this. So I put on my bravest face and let them know it was going to be okay.”

Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation here.

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