Posted: 8:55 p.m. MST
Parents waited to pick up their children outside of H.L. Suverkrup Elementary School Tuesday afternoon, following reports of a student possibly seeing another student with a handgun at Rancho Viejo Elementary School around 9:55 a.m.
Rancho Viejo, along with Salida Del Sol and WACOG Preschool went into lockdown. Students from both Rancho Viejo and Salida Del Sol were instructed to pick up their children at HLS Elementary, where the students had been bused over.
"We freaked out. I was so scared. I thought this was going to be an incident like the other gun shooting at the other schools. So I want to take my kids out of school and put them in home school now. They're not going back to that school," said Veronica Espino, whose children go to one of the schools on lockdown.
Parents said they found out in different ways about the incident.
"At first I was thinking, what happened, are they hurt? Is something going on dangerous?" said Ana Diaz, a mother of two children whose schools were on lockdown. "I'm comfortable with them [WACOG Preschool] having called me and expecting a phone call back from them. And with my son's school [Salida Del Sol], it's just been chaotic."
Another parent said she didn't receive any call from the school.
"The school didn't call us. My friend called me. She lives across the street and she called me," said Espino.
"We just came down here. We pretty much have just been waiting asking questions like what's going on. They're really not telling us much. The whole situation is really unorganized," her sister Stephanie added.
Many parents and kids were visibly shaken--some crying, as they processed the information.
A situation like this so close to home is prompting some parents to talk to their kids about dangers they didn't expect to have to address.
"It comes to a point where you have to act and you have to talk to them. You're thinking that they're not old enough, but really, it's an eye-opening situation," Diaz said.