Parents and students coming to grips with Huffman High School shooting

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After today’s shooting at Huffman High School, many parents can’t believe this happened here, and students tell CBS 42 they don’t feel safe coming back.

For students and parents, the moment seems surreal.

“They said somebody was in the school with a gun shooting and me, I didn’t believe it,” said Junior Xavier Tolliver. “I was walking down the hallway and I see a teacher pointing and saying ‘Run’, I started running.”

Teresa, who is a junior, says she saw everything.

“He showed the gun and it went off accidentally, and she laid there and everyone was amazed and everybody shocked,” Teresa said. “He was shocked himself.”

But to parents, the idea that it was an accident doesn’t matter.

“As parents, we need to take a proactive as relation to our children and keep them safe,” said Frankie, a mom whose child goes to the school. “It’s not for the officers and teachers to do it.”

Councilor Lashunda Scales agrees with Frankie.

“It takes all of us working together and if we don’t work together,” Scales said. “I think this becomes a non-essential issue which we know is essential because we’re talking about life.”

Huffman High School is closed Thursday. 

“Life is not promised any day,” said Freshman Martavious Carter. “It’s not.”

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