There were a lot of upset and frustrated parents outside the school today.
Rebecca Brumfield is tracking that part of the story.
Parents today voiced their worries for their kids and they expressed frustration with, what some say, was a lack of communication from the school..
“This is scary,” says Lisa Barnett, a concerned parent. “I don’t know what’s going on and my niece is in there and they won’t tell us nothing and this- this is bad. You can’t [even] send your kid to school. I mean this is some place they’re supposed to be safe.”
Once the word spread that Terre Haute North High School was on a code red, parents began showing up outside the school waiting for answers.
“It would just be nice if our kids could go to school and be safe and we wouldn’t have to worry about them,” says Barnett.
Some students sent text messages to their parents saying that they were scared and that everyone was freaking out.
Others saw snap chats of students trying to leave the school through windows.
But through it all, the parents voiced concern about why the school had not notified the parents of the suspected threat,
“We get a patriot blast every Sunday from the principal that tells us the upcoming things for the week,” says Susanne Shanks. “So they have all of our phone numbers in a registry. Why didn’t we receive some sort of call? Some sort of text? To let us know our kids are in possible danger?”
Through the crowds of parents, some embraced others, some were on the phone and some just stood in silence waiting for the next piece of information to become available.
Some parents wanted to stay back and let officers follow their protocol.
“As parents, yes, we’re concerned,” says Todd Freberg. “We want to know that our kids are safe. We need to give the support to the administration and to the authorities let them do their job.”
“It’s crazy when it hits home,” says Branden Norman. “We see it in the news at other cities. Don’t let it fool you. It’s right here. It could be right here in our town. Right here in our city.”
Other parents that WTWO had talked with told me that they couldn’t believe this could happen here.
Some parents hands were shaking out of plain fear and adrenaline from the suspected threat.