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Bridgeport parents, students question school safety after lockdown

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Extra police patrols were outside Harding High School in Bridgeport on Friday. (WFSB) Extra police patrols were outside Harding High School in Bridgeport on Friday. (WFSB)
BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -

Students are questioning their safety after a student brought a loaded gun into a Bridgeport high school Wednesday morning.

Harding High School was placed on lockdown after the student managed to bring the gun inside.

The teen was arrested shortly after and no one was hurt.

Many questioned how the student got in despite metal detectors that everyone student and teacher must walk through.

Bridgeport Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz said the gun was not brought in through the metal detectors.

The school is investigating whether a door in a different part of the building was opened for the student.

Emanuel Pineda, a high school senior, said at first many didn't realize there was a threat.

"At first everyone in the room, the majority of the classmates, including myself, thought it was all a joke,a drill, upon realizing it was serious lockdown and a student got into the building with a gun," said Pineda.

Mary Tracy's daughter is a sophomore at the school.

Tracy said when she heard about the lockdown, she feared the worst.

"She called me right away and told me she was on lockdown, that they found a gun and my heart started racing," said Tracy.

The incident occurred only a day after a 19 year-old was found with a handgun outside of a elementary school half a mile away.

The student has been suspended and was recommended for expulsion.

However, Tracy said she still feels uncomfortable sending her daughter to school.

"I don't feel safe, but she needs to come to school, she's in 10th grade, she needs to come to school," said Tracy.

Rabinowitz said they are currently looking into changing the school's safety protocols, but noted it may be a challenge because of building and fire codes.

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