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Former Saugus High student reacts to school shooting

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The shooting happened Thursday morning at Saugus High School, some 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

The shooting, which occurred about 7:40 a.m. at the school at 21900 Centurian Way, sent other students scrambling for cover — some fleeing from the campus and others barricading themselves inside classrooms or offices.

News Channel 3 spoke to a former Saugus High student, Lindsay Stice, who graduated in 2008 and she's in disbelief from what happen.

"Its sickening to me and it's just so sad and lots of emotions and just so much sadness," said Stice.

Her first reaction when seeing the news of her Alma Mater.

"I honestly wanted to rush over and pick up my kids from school," said Stice.

Since the school shooting, she's thinking about other school alternatives for her kids.

"Homeschooling seems like it might be an option for us," said Stice.

Linda Kirkpatrick, Stice's mother , who's here visiting lives a mile away from the school and can't believe this is happening in her neighborhood.

"I have always had maybe false sense security because we never locked our doors or thought anything about letting the kids walk to school," said Kirkpatrick. "This is just devastating for the whole community."

And tonight, the community is mourning . Local family and child therapist, Kelly Lewallen said parents should try to be calm for their kids in the event of a school shooting.

"Don't drill them with a million questions because we are going to want to cause we are cause its okay to say find out where are you that's a reasonable question to ask," said Lewallen. "We need to know where our child is and whats happening around you and how are you feeling. "

And try to share calming messages, if you're in contact with a child in a lock down or similar circumstances.

"But staying with them through text helping them stay calm. Sending pictures of the dog things like that and it will calm them down," said Lewallen.

Dani Romero

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