Parents worried after shooting near Richmond middle school

Posted at 7:01 PM, Apr 26, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-26 19:26:18-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - A shooting near a Richmond middle school Thursday afternoon has some parents worried.

A man was shot around around 2 p.m. on a bridge near Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. He headed to the school for help and a bus driver called 911. [READ MORE: Police looking for 2 persons of interest after shooting near middle school]

As a result, the school was placed on lockdown and administrators sent letters home to parents about the incident.

However, some parents who talked to CBS 6 News' Sandra Jones were worried about the shooting.

"I think it's real scary that to know that someone got shot and entered on school grounds where my small children are,” said Brittanny Taylor, whose child attends the school.

Taylor said she thinks parents should have found out about the incident sooner.

"I think when they alerted the school and lock the school down, they should've let the parents know," said Taylor. "A lot of people were standing out front waiting, wondering what was going on [and] why they weren't allowing the children to leave.”

However, Shawnda Fleming said administrators made the right decision.

“They kept the children safe, made sure no kids came out while everything was going on and couldn’t nobody get in the school,” said Fleming.

Seventh District School Board Member Donald Coleman cautioned parents about rushing to judgement.

"It happened in the community," said Coleman. "And this is why we have security...  officers at school. This is why we have the administration. Then, from there we have to do what we need to do to make sure that everybody is safe.”