A state trooper escorted reporters to the schoolhouse on White Oak Road late last night.
To the right of the gray schoolhouse door was a cupboard that holds the children's drinking mugs.
There was no glass in the window panes. Orange flags in a grassy field marked evidence. A helicopter was parked beyond a baseball backstop. Beyond that, two white horses grazed in the shadow of a silo.
Police did not let reporters enter the school.
A sense of despairThe despair that gripped the community was shared by many - Amish, Mennonite and "English," as those who live modern lives are called.
Paradise, Pa., resident Evelyn Vandament, who is not Amish, said that when she heard about the shooting she offered to drive two Amish to the home of a couple who have children who attend the school. She said she waited outside while Amish people gathered and prayed inside the couple's home, but that once the private prayer was over, she was invited inside.
"We cried together, we talked together," Vandament said. "This is so devastating for everyone. You can't say anything, you can't do anything. These are my friends and neighbors. It's so hard."
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Sun reporters Nick Shields, and Laura Barnhardt contributed to this article.