Parents waiting outside of Roosevelt High School and students inside on lockdown suffered through an emotional day after police shot and arrested a runaway student.
But it was the text messages and twitter that parents and students say helped them learn more about the shooting in real time. It also helped keep worried family stay in the loop during the situation.
"I just heard the two gunshots and I was freaked out just wondering if anyone was okay,” said Sophomore Amani Torres.
Student Kayla Sirom also shared her shocking account after the event.
"All of a sudden we start hearing gun shots which was two – two times,” said Sirom.
The initial reaction to a shooting and a lockdown is both predictable and understandable with fear both inside and outside of the school. Karen Hamilton revealed how the event led her grandson to send a sentimental text.
"He texted me and told me – Granny, I love you. I know he’s worried because he doesn’t know how this is going to turn out,” said Hamilton.
Parents and loved ones feeling helpless were worried sick over what could happen to their children.
"I just want to get him out and take him home,” said Carolyn Richardson.
The lockdown lasted for about an hour and a half. Students like Roosevelt senior Jessica Yamamoto started texting right away to anyone and everyone.
"It helped as far as communications and stuff -- getting back and forth to parents and even friends and family who were concerned,” said Yamamoto.
Yamamoto says she used other social media outlets to get the latest information, and stay updated as more information came flooding in real time.
"We could see it as it was happening – like how many police cars are here. The news is coming to our school. It must be pretty serious,” said Yamamoto.
Those texts and tweets offered help and comfort.
"They were texting me saying – ‘Is everything okay? Do you need a ride? You know we’re here for you!’” said Yamamoto.
Relief finally came at 10 a.m. when school officials released students.
Richardson and her son Cardero stayed in touch, but nothing beats old school face to face.
Richardson says there’s one thing she wanted to when she first saw her son.
"This kiss,” said Richardson as she gave her son a kiss on the cheek. “He doesn’t want me kissing him because he’s too old.”
Students say they are usually not allowed to use their phones during class on regular school days, but Tuesday was no ordinary day at the school.