Students, parents react to Aztec school shooting

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AZTEC, N.M. (KRQE) – Following the Aztec School shooting Thursday, students were quickly bused to McGee Park in Farmington, about ten miles from Aztec.

That is where parents were able to reunite with their children.

Students who spoke with KRQE News 13 at the park say they could not believe something like this could happen in their small and close-knit community.

“Shock mostly. I didn’t think this could ever happen to my school. I thought my school was pretty peaceful and it just shocks me that it happened today,” said 11th grader Bradley Munkers.

Parents were visibly shaken as well. A lot of the parents say they are just thankful their child was not one of the ones killed in the shooting.

One parent told News 13 her son gave her a recount of what he heard as students and staff took cover.

“Just that they heard a lot of gunshots. My son was out of the hallway when he heard the shootings, he got locked out of his classroom,” said Aztec parent Paula Lopez.

Students were told to shelter in place while some students barricaded the doors shut with desks and chairs.

Some students said they thought it was more than one shooter. They also said after they heard around a dozen gunshots, the halls went quiet once again.

There is no school in session at Aztec High Friday.

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