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Community meeting aims to calm fears after school shooting

LAVEEN, AZ (CBS5) -

Phoenix school leaders, city officials and police looked to allay parents' concerns Wednesday night following a shooting outside Cesar Chavez High School last Friday.

Phoenix police revealed they do not believe the shooting was initiated by students either at Chavez or at Betty Fairfax, which was being hosted for a basketball game, when the shooting happened.

Instead, police officials said they believe the shooting was gang-related, and they believe they have identified the individuals involved, although no arrests have been made.

Outside Chavez High School for the past three days, the new reality has students being swept by metal detection wands.

Parents, community leaders and journalists were checked for weapons before being allowed into Wednesday night's community forum.

Leaders on stage took questions from many of the approximately 200 to 300 people attending.

"My son texts me from Betty Fairfax and says, mom, I don't feel safe at this school,'" Korri Waters said.

Parents appear divided over how much security is a good thing in the schools.

"It just doesn't seem like it's enough. There needs to be police officers on campus," said Waters.

For one parent, last week's game was the first time she ever let her daughter go out on her own with friends.

Now, she said coming on campus has a daunting feeling when she has to be searched for weapons.

"I don't like it, to be honest with you, because I feel like I'm walking into a prison," said mother Crystal Sosa.

Phoenix Unified Schools Superintendent Dr. Kent Scribner pointed to a study that shows 80 percent of the time, one or more students know a shooting incident is going to happen before it takes place.

Tweets revealed such student concerns before the game last week.

"We're living in a new era. We have to be proactive when it comes to monitoring social media to see what kinds of trends are emerging," Scribner said.

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