Kelli Jones, the sister of Rob Pitts, said she hopes the gesture will send a powerful message to the 5-year-old and his two other siblings. But what he got was a 70-strong police escort lining the entrance.
Officer Rob Pitts was killed last week in a shootout during a three-hour standoff.
About 70 Terre Haute police officers and Virgo County Sheriff's deputies greeted Dakota at the door to show him support on his first day back.
They lined the side street as Dakota walked down wearing his dad's badge in the middle of his t-shirt.
Dakota had asked his mother if one of his dad's friends could drive him to school on Monday, for his first day back following the tragedy. "Blood doesn't always make family, and I think the blue family just went above and beyond". He was a 16-year veteran of the police force. Wolfe was armed with a handgun and fired at the officers, striking Pitts.More news: China's first indigenously built aircraft carrier leaves for sea trials
The SWAT team entered the apartment around 9:15pm and located Wolfe who was also killed in the gunfire exchange.
"It's a brotherhood", Detective Les Hamm, Terre Haute Police said.
The love and gratitude that people across the area have demonstrated toward Terre Haute police officer Rob Pitts was in evidence as his son returned to school for the first time since his father's death.
A t-shirt company has raised nearly $15,000 in Rob Pitts' name to help the department buy a new police dog.