It’s become a fear in the back of parents’ minds as they send their kids to school each day: guns finding their way into the place their children should always feel safe.
On Friday, that nightmare became a reality, when a 12-year-old boy came to North Scott Junior High armed and dangerous.
Christy Lebeck was one of dozens of parents who rushed to the Eldridge school to be reunited with their kids.
“I was shocked, scared…I feel like our kids are paying the bill for something we’ve done as adults, said Lebeck. “I don’t think it’s fair.”
The incident sent parents into a panic as they waited anxiously for answers.
“We couldn’t call or contact the students and the school was on lockdown so I just, at work got the information right away, I mean the school was very good but just completely terrified,” said Lebeck.
And while the swift actions of police and faculty kept everyone out of harms way, the North Scott community was left in disbelief.
“Someone had access to a gun that they brought into the school and I mean thankfully everybody was safe but it was a really scary situation,” said Lebeck.
Although the situation was quickly brought under control, shock and sadness still filled the halls.
“I saw a lot of kids crying and parents hugging and it’s hard not to just be completely worried for their safety,” said Lebeck.
And while classes resumed, for most kids the school day was cut short. Lebeck says she felt like letting her 12-year-old son finish out the day sent the wrong message.
“I don’t think this is normal,” she said. “And I don’t think we should go on with business as usual. I think that this should be treated as what it is. A terrifying, scary event that could’ve been a lot worse and I just don’t want Hayden to think this is a normal thing that he just needs to go on with his day.”
But at the end of the day, everyone says they were just thankful to be headed home safe and sound.
The 12-year-old boy is being held at the Scott County Juvenile Detention Facility. The female teacher credited for intervening has not yet been identified.