Parents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles northeast of New York City, Dec. 14, 2012. (Reuters)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- News of the Connecticut shooting has many Knoxville parents scared.
"My daughter, you know, she's in the 4th grade. And when I hear something like that, it really, you know scares me. And I think about stuff that could, you know, happen," said Jessica Tate, whose daughter attends Inskip Elementary School.
Back in February 2010, it did. Knoxville police charged a 4th grade teacher at Inskip Elementary School with two counts of attempted first degree murder, afer he fired at two school administrators. Police arrested Mark Foster for the crime.
"There was a lot of police and the ambulences and the fire trucks and neighbors didn't know what was going on. We just heard all the sirens and saw all the traffic," said Judy Mooney, who lives near the school.
Luckily, no students were hurt. Since then, parents said the school has added numerous safety features.
"There's a police officer here all the time. The doors are locked - you have to check in at the front office before you get inside the school. I'm very pleased with the safey precautions that have been taken," said Brenda Sexton, who's son attends Inskip Elementary.
She said she can't imagine what the families of those affected by the shooting are going through right now.
"I'm just horrified. I can't imagine having to come to the school to try to get to Chase after something like this has happened. It's just - I mean, elementary school kids. I mean, my gosh," said Sexton.
"I just want to say I'm praying for everyone that was in that situation today. It's very sad," said Tate.