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O'Gorman students and parents search for lockdown answers online

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O'Gorman High School and Junior High School, were locked down for two hours this afternoon during the hostage standoff.

KSFY News was at the school and spoke with parents as they picked up their kids.

Parents had very little information about the lockdown, while students inside the school had head rumors.

Julie Byllesby has two children at O'Gorman, she said "it made me nervous because I wanted to know the situation and how my kids were, if they were safe."

Byllesby said the lack of information made her a little anxious

"I panicked a little bit because wanted to know if it was in o'gorman or outside o'gorman. if it was actually the school that was having the trouble, so I went to the Internet to see if I could find any information," Byllesby said.

Byllesby was not the only one seeking information on the Internet, her son Glenn says students also wanted to know what caused the lockdown.

"kids are on their cell phones, without teachers knowing so you hear chit chat there, and people are on computers all the time so teachers talking, students talking, it gets around pretty quick," Glenn Byllesby said.

Glenn felt safe under the lockdown, but he wanted to know what was going on outside the school

"Eighth period I was in class, looking it all up, finding out the information and was shocked at what had happened," Byllesby said.

Students say they are not supposed to have phones in class, but this might is one day they might actually be glad they did.

O'Gorman High School and Junior High were released at 3:15p.m. and 3:20p.m. this afternoon, after a two-hour lockdown.

Both parents and students say the school's lockdown procedure made them feel safe.

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