August 20, 2014
As the buses started to roll in, so did the emotions.
"I'm really excited. It's my last year here and I can't wait to go to Walker next year," said 4th grader Paige Bragg.
Right by her side, before starting a new journey at Clark Elementary School, was Paige's mom Melissa Shifflett.
While Shifflett wanted to take in every moment of her daughter's big day, it was hard not to think about Tuesday's threat to Charlottesville City Schools.
"It made me think whether to send my child to school or not today, but I think everything's been checked out. I trust the school system and the police department," said Shifflett.
"We take that threat very seriously because we would with any threat but we are also moving forward with the advice of police to go ahead and have a normal day and resume normal activities," said Beth Cheuk, Community Relations Liaison for Charlottesville City Schools.
Many parents looked on in anticipation of the school year even with the shaky start.
"It's a little concerning. We called in this morning and had a conversation, they said they would definitely have police on the scene today through the whole day so that kind of set my mind at ease, so I feel a little better," said Eric Payne, parent of a kindergartner.
Despite the police presence, a wave of parents still dropped off their kids for their first day including, Makeda Trotman.
She says receiving an email about the threat is not what she wanted to hear going into the first day of school but remained focused on embracing the big moment for her son.
"I am very excited for his first day of school. He actually wanted to walk himself in this morning so my little boy is growing up on me so fast," said Trotman.
Police are still investigating the threat and are working with school administrators on making the days ahead run as smoothly as possible.