Richmond parents wait anxiously to be reunited with students

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RICHMOND, Ind. (WDTN) – Once the lockdown was lifted, students from Dennis Intermediate were taken to the high school to be reunited with their families after a terrifying active shooter situation unfolded Thursday morning.

For many parents in Richmond, time seemed to freeze around 8:30 a.m. when schools went into lockdown, leaving them with a sinking feeling of, “what do I do now?”

“My heart starts beating. I already think about this happening every day. Sending them to school is very, very hard, and then this happens,” said Sarah Yencer, mother.

“I’ve been a nervous wreck all day,” said Kim Quinn. “From the time they went on lockdown a little after 8 this morning.”

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Nearly 500 students and twice as many parents were eagerly waiting just to lay eyes on one another.

“Until you see your child, there’s no relief in sight until you have your child in your arms,” said Quinn.

“It’s just sad. They should not have to deal with this,” adds Yencer.

Parents are thankful that someone in the community tipped law enforcement off, possibly preventing things from getting worse.

Fellow parent Christopher Bryant says, “I’m a big believer in the second amendment rights and protecting our children. I believe law enforcement did everything in their power to do what they did.”

All after-school activities at the elementary and intermediate schools have been canceled.

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