A Denver-based Fox News correspondent reporting on Wednesday’s shooting at East High School reunited along with her son, a student at the college, in an emotional on-air moment.
Fox reporter Alicia Acuna spotted her son as she was reporting live from outside the college after a student there shot two faculty members earlier within the day.
“Excuse me, my son just got here up, and I had not seen him,” Acuna told “America Reports” anchors in the course of the printed.
The reporter’s son walks over into the camera’s view and the pair embrace in a decent hug.
“I’m sorry, I had not seen my kid,” Acuna said, growing emotional. “I’m so sorry, there isn’t any way you’d have let your kid walk by.”
She said her son is OK and he was the one who informed her something was up at his highschool. He had been texting her as police and emergency personnel were arriving on the constructing.
“I used to be sitting in my desk, working on a distinct story, and I began getting texts from my son, saying that he was in an assembly after which, the entire sudden, there have been law enforcement officials in every single place, there have been ambulances, the assembly was shut down and there have been cops guarding their door,” she said.
Acuna delivered her report as a concerned — and frustrated — parent at the college.
The suspect, identified as 17-year-old Austin Lyle, was reportedly patted down by school officials every day as a result of concerns about his behavior.
Lyle, who was found dead in an apparent suicide Wednesday night, had shot and injured two faculty members who were searching him for weapons just before 10 a.m. One among the victims was released from the hospital, however the second stays in critical condition, officials said.
Acuna questioned why parents weren’t aware of the college’s every day pat-down programs.
“I had no idea, and loads of other parents had no idea, that their kids were walking into the identical school with other kids that were under a plan, that were being patted down because there was enough concern to accomplish that on a every day basis,” she said.
“Once I asked why parents weren’t being told this, I used to be told by the superintendent that was to guard the privacy of the individuals who were being patted down,” the journalist and mom added. “As a parent, my query is, ‘What concerning the safety and the concerns we have now for all of our students?’ There’s an incredible amount of frustration at once.”