Local parents react to Connecticut shooting

Local parents react to Connecticut shooting
BOISE, Idaho - The unthinkable violence on Friday left families and a community shattered. Now local parents are thinking about the tragedy.

Most of the parents we talked with say they feel Treasure Valley schools are safe.

"My kids tell me themselves that they felt they were safe," said Meridian parent Steve Smith.

"I just have to trust that they are as safe as they possibly can be and they are no safer with me that they are at the school," said Eagle parent Beth Haynes.

But Friday's events have many parents wondering if there can't be more done to keep children safe in schools.

Julia Smith says there needs to be more mental health resources.

"It makes me really sad that it got to that point where he thought that for whatever reason he thought that was an OK thing to do," Smith said.

Eagle parent, John Vance says simply locking down a school when there is a threat is not enough.

"I know most schools have a school resource officer, maybe more police should be assigned to more school buildings. I don't know the answer," said Vance.

The Boise School District released a statement saying in part...

"Each school regularly practices emergency response drills, including evacuations and lock-downs."

In Meridian each school has at least two lock down drills each year. Meridian police say they train often so they will be ready if disaster strikes.

"Nothing is absolutely preventable. You try to minimize the risk to the children and minimize the casualties and that's all you can do," Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea said.