California high schools are dealing with a wave of violence that has left a number of students in tears.
“I’m still a little shocked,” said Emily Estrada, a junior at Calhoun High School in Burbank.
“It’s really hard to keep track of how many people are shooting up, so it’s hard to know.”
Estrada’s classmates have heard stories of students being shot by classmates.
“It’s hard for us to put a name on it,” she said.
“A lot of times, people just don’t talk about it.
They don’t want to be associated with it.”
Erika Lopez, a senior at California High School, was among the first students to be shot.
“We heard about two students that were shot and we got a text that they were killed,” she told CBC News.
“The next day, we got the text that two of them were killed.
That was the worst day of my life.”
Lopez said her friends are a close group and they’re working to make sure the school doesn’t become a breeding ground for violence.
“You have a lot of people who are really afraid of people that are different,” she added.
The high school shooting at Caligula High School occurred just before the end of the school year.
The school had been operating under lockdown due to an ongoing lockdown and the lockdown was lifted a few hours later.
Lopez, who said she has been a student at Calipula for a year, said she feels lucky to be alive.
“A lot more people are afraid to come to school now,” she explained.
“You have people that can be really scary to come in.”
With files from The Canadian Press