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Students console one another as they remember lives lost in deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida. (Feb. 15) AP

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Sherry Schwartz, Hope Cohen, Jennifer Barbini and Marcie Spreen have each other to rely on as they help their kids cope with surviving a mass school shooting. 

Each of the women has a daughter who attends Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The teens are as much friends as their mothers are. 

"We're all a family," Cohen said. "It eases the burden to band together."

The women each heard their daughters' panicked voices when the girls called or sent texts from the school about the shooting. 

"When I picked her up, in the aftermath, I think she got a sense of comfort from seeing her mom and dad," Schwartz said. 

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Some of the girls slept in their parents' bed the night after the shooting. They were traumatized, their mothers said, and they dealt with their grief in different ways. 

"My daughter didn't eat today," Barbini said. "She barely ate last night." 

"My daughter feels guilty about surviving," Spreen said. 

All the girls have stuck together and sought out other friends for comfort. 

"What they need now is their friends because they lost so many," Barbini said. "They need to know they have people to turn to." 

The moms are worried about the psychological effects the shooting will have on their kids in the future. 

As for the girls' futures, they're worried about what will happen with the remainder of their schooling. They're all seniors. 

"They're wondering what's going to happen with their colleges,"Schwartz said. 

Prior to the shooting, their worst fear was for their kids to get hurt while driving. They're all trying to reconcile how to help their girls through the trauma of witnessing and surviving an incident some of their friends did not survive. 

"We're taking it minute by minute, hour by hour," Schwartz said. "Being there for them and letting them have what they need."

 

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