Sep 26, 2014 2:10 AM

Parents react to Manchester High West lockdown

MANCHESTER - Chaos, confusion and panic best describe the scene Thursday morning as anxious parents of students at Manchester High West line the streets blocked by police.

One mother of a freshman student under lockdown was in tears. She described her interaction with police on the scene saying, "He said I can't go past there. I said my son is in there and I'm staying right here, he said ok, fine."

Many parents relied on text messages from their children as their only source of information.

A mother read a text her child sent her saying, "There's a class held at gunpoint. They ain't gonna let me leave. Everyone is like freaking. The police are in the school. We've been in lockdown for an hour. I'm so scared."

Rumors that weren't true quickly spread leaving many to fear the worst.

A frustrated and confused mother yelling, "There's a class being held at gunpoint and there's noting being done about it."

The school says parents who registered for notifications were notified by email, and they also posted information on the school's website. But after Thursday's confusion, many parents questioned if the school did enough to keep them informed.

School District Superintendent Debra Livingston said, "We are in the process of purchasing for the district a system can alert all parents who wish to be notified in case of an emergency or a weather related, etc."


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