Fil-Am mom says school shooting 'nerve-racking' incident

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 15 2019 05:23 PM

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MANILA - The school shooting that left two students dead in Santa Clarita, California Thursday has parents raising concerns about the safety of their children.

Irene Dulay Rodrigo described the incident to ANC's Dateline Philippines as "nerve-racking."

"You don't know what's going on. In the morning, you send your kids to school hoping that by the end of the day they come home safe," Rodrigo said.

Rodrigo's son also goes to Saugus High School where a 16-year old boy opened fire before classes started. She said her son was in the locker room when the incident happened.

"He was on his way out to meet with his other friends and then they saw kids running towards the exit. They wanted to go out with them not knowing what's happening but there's a teacher who stopped them from going out and instructed them to go back inside the locker room and stay there and lock the doors," she said.

She said she was somehow thankful that her son did not personally see the incident.

"We talked about this and they pretty much know what to do. But of course, I think it was helpful that he did not see what happened," she said.

She expressed hopes that their community would soon come together and rise above the tragedy.

"Hopefully, people would get together and make sure everyone is safe. Hopefully that's the main thing that we would like to maintain in Santa Clarita-- safety, especially for our kids," she said.