KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Parents across the nation are holding their children a bit closer on Friday night after 27 people – including 20 young children – at a Connecticut elementary school lost their lives in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.
While parents and school officials say that such a tragedy could happen anywhere, many parents here in the metro say that they at least thought about pulling their children out of school on Friday, and school officials and police across the metro are reviewing their own security plans in the wake of the shooting.
“I don’t know how somebody could do something like that or why somebody would do something like that,” said Mike Mosely, who waited on Friday afternoon for his daughter outside of Crispus Attuck Elementary School in Kansas City.
Across the state line, parent Moses Arroyo says that he can see his son’s school from his house. But he says that while there’s comfort in being so close, he’s now remined that no school is immune to tragedy.
“It kind of makes you think about your own safety for your kids you know,” said Arroyo.
In Lee’s Summit, parent Gannon Brown was also thinking about the safety of his kids.
“The first thought I had is I wanted to run over and get my kid out of school. On the news they were talking about sending the parents away who were showing up, and you couldn’t have stopped me,” said Brown.
Across the metro area, school districts say that Friday’s shooting wasn’t going to make them change their security procedures, but that they remain committed to keeping their schools safe.
Vaughn Baker, president of Strategos International – a company that provides intruder response training to schools and the workforce – says that it’s important to know that preparation doesn’t equal prevention.
“What preparation does give us is the ability react quickly and hopefully reduce the loss of life,” said Baker.