HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - It's almost unimaginable for many parents. Stuck waiting in a parking lot four blocks away while their children are locked inside a school where shots were fired. For Thomas Graham the news was shocking.
"When my brother called me I said, you've got to be lying!" said Graham.
He couldn't believe shots could ever ring out at the school his little brother attends every day. The sight of the flashing lights of police cars made it a reality.
"The first thing I did was I asked the officer did anyone get hurt. That was my main concern because when you got someone shooting, you never know. Bullets don't have no name, don't have anything, just a victim," Graham said.
Karen Hensley's reaction was similar. Her son is a sophomore.
"You didn't know what to think. I was like I hope my son wasn't involved and I hope no one got hurt. That was my first reaction and it was like how do I get to my son to find out if he's ok," said Hensley.
She raced to the school, but officers redirected her to a parking lot four blocks away where parents gathered, frantically waiting for a sign the ordeal was over. For Vanessa Jones, that relief came from a phone call.
"It's still nerve-wracking. I'm still nervous but, she says she's ok. She just called me and is going to see if she can get out," said Jones.
Finally reunited with their loved ones, these parents are wondering how to cope with the aftermath of what they're calling a nightmare.
"Right now I just want to make sure he's ok with it because he was the one who had to go through the moment of you know, knowing someone was out there shooting," said Hensley.
Despite the hours of fear, Graham is comfortable sending his little brother back to school.
"It's great to know they are on top of everything in the schools now because right now these days, the way things happen, they are on top of things and not playing," he said.
Police and Henrico Public Schools are also preparing for tomorrow as students resume classes after today's shooting incident.