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Community reacts after shooting prompts school lockdown

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The sound of the starting gun at Wednesday's track meet in Greenville isn't the only gunshot track runners for D.H. Conley High School heard today.

Niki Stroud remembers getting that dreaded call of shots fired just across from her son's high school.

"Nothing went through my mind at the time," Stroud said. "My heart sank to my stomach. That's what happened, and then I'm starting to worry 'is my son okay?' 'What's going on at the school' because the message that you get is so vague. You don't really know."

Her son was okay and running with the school track team just hours after gunshots rang out across the street from D.H. Conley High School.

The school went on lockdown for 20 minutes.

"The thing is you never think it's going to happen to you or your kids or at your school," Stroud said. "Then when it does, it's an eye-opener"

An eye-opener also for Chip Hughes who chairs the governor's school safety task force.

He was briefed on the shooting and says the correct actions by Conley's school resource officer show more law enforcement in schools is necessary.

"It is positions that cannot be done away with," Hughes said. "I'm going to encourage the governor once again and ask the legislators to make sure we have the money to continue to fund them."

For Niki Stroud, she's just happy her son and his fellow students are able to finish the day strong.

"They did really good," Stroud said. "They had a really good meet today despite everything that happened."

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office will have additional deputies at Pitt County schools Thursday as a precaution.
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