Parent of middle school students amid shooting: ‘This happens in high school, not here’
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An Indiana father said it was "surreal" that there was a shooting at his children’s middle school on Friday morning, saying he expects such incidents only at high schools.

“This is surreal,” Chad Lancaster told the IndyStar. “This happens in high school, not here.”

The newspaper reported that Lancaster learned about the shooting at Noblesville West Middle School when he got a phone call from his ex-wife. Their eighth-grade daughter had called her while hiding under a desk, according to the report.


At the time of publication, Lancaster had not yet heard from his sixth-grade son. Parents reportedly searched for their children as the middle-school students were loaded onto buses and taken to a nearby high school.

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — McConnell, Kaine offer bill to raise tobacco buying age to 21 | Measles outbreak spreads to 24 states | Pro-ObamaCare group launches ad blitz to protect Dems McConnell, Kaine introduce bill to raise tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 21 MORE (D-Va.) highlighted Lancaster’s story on Twitter, saying that shootings “shouldn’t happen in ANY school!”

“Sign of the times - school shootings are so normalized that *this* is what a parent of kids at the MIDDLE school in Indiana had to say about the shooting there: “This happens in high school, not here,” Kaine tweeted.

Vice President Pence, Indiana’s former governor, took to Twitter to say he and his wife were "praying for the victims of the terrible shooting in Indiana."

"To everyone in the Noblesville community – you are on our hearts and in our prayers. Thanks for the swift response by Hoosier law enforcement and first responders," he tweeted.

Two people were injured after a gunman opened fire at the middle school in suburban Indianapolis on Friday.

The suspect is reportedly a student who asked to be excused from class but later returned with two handguns, Noblesville Police Chief Kevin Jowitt said, according to the IndyStar.

The boy was apprehended but has not been identified.

A science teacher reportedly confronted the male student and tackled him to the ground, according to a seventh-grader who spoke with The Associated Press.

The shooting comes a week after a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School near Houston, killing 10 people and leaving another 10 wounded.