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“I guess it happens a lot in mainland schools, so it’s not surprising,” Akiona-Soares said.

Several parents, including Carolyn Richardson, gathered outside Roosevelt after word of the shooting spread. Some were visibly upset, and many texted or called their children, who were still on lockdown inside.

“This is really freaking me out,” Richardson said.

She said she learned about the shooting around 9 a.m. through a text from her son, CarDarow.

CarDarow, a sophomore, texted her that he heard shots had been fired at the school but that he was all right. Richardson then used her cellphone to video chat with her son.

“I gotta hear your voice,” she screamed at him.

Faith Kalamau said she rushed to the school as soon as she got an automated call saying the campus was on lockdown.

“I’m very worried,” she said. “I heard on the news there were some people shot.”

After reuniting with her son, freshman Kahaku King, she said officials took too long to provide details about what happened.

“I was frustrated,” she said. “I thought maybe more information should have been told to the parents or at least to the media. This is the first time I’ve been in this situation.”

School was let out for the day at about 10 a.m., and a steady stream of students filed off the campus, near the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific known as Punchbowl. Classes were to resume Wednesday.

“Incidents like this are very rare in Hawaii; however, our partnership with the Honolulu Police Department on safety drills played a major role in the success of today’s lockdown,” Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi said. She commended staff and students for following safety protocols and thanked parents for their patience and understanding.

Hawaii is one of 12 states that have not had someone enter a campus with the intent to shoot, state Education Department officials said.

In 2011, a handgun that a 14-year-old student brought to Highlands Intermediate School in Pearl City went off, narrowly missing one student and leaving another with minor injuries.

“I’m really shocked it happened here in Hawaii of all places,” said Angie Estrella as she picked up her son, a freshman, and her daughter, a senior.

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