Local school officials and law enforcement say Friday's massive school shooting is equally unexpected, tragic and unprecedented.
From Kentucky to Connecticut, Americans across the nation are still grappling with the tragic events that unfolded on Friday.
“Anytime you hear this your first reaction is shock. This is the first time that I remember where a deadly shooting involve small kids ages 5 to 10,” said Happy Mobelini, the Principal of Hazard High School.
News outlets report at least 20 kids were killed during Friday’s massive school shooting in Connecticut.
“It’s a terrible tragedy that happened up there. They are very spontaneous events and most of the time when these happen by the time the police respond—it’s already over with,” said Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen.
Chief Allen says lockdown drills are conducted within several schools to help students and staff prepare for the unexpected.
“If we can help prepare and keep down the loss of life, that's one thing we try to strive for,” Allen said.
The security at Hazard High School has stepped up since Columbine, but the school's principal says you can't prepare for everything.
“You can put all the security measures you want in the world but no school can be like a prison, there’s no way to keep everyone out,” the principal said.
Both men say all there is left to do now is pray for the families of the victims.
Many schools like Hazard High School have safety tip hotlines that you can call to anonymously to report suspicious activity.