Bullet-proof classroom window likely stopped bullet from entering school

School's bullet-proof windows may have saved students

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A forensic investigator picked a bullet out of a classroom window at Akili Academy on Monday afternoon.

In a letter sent home with students, Principal Allison Lowe told parents the classroom window is double-paned and bullet proof, which could be the reason it did not penetrate into the classroom where six students were inside learning.

No one at the school was hurt during the shooting.

"The people that are doing this out here, have consideration for the kids," parent Paul Muse said. "If you don't want to have it for yourself, and that's what you want to feel you want to do, take that somewhere else."

Many parents like Muse checked their children out of the Upper Ninth Ward K-8 school early Monday after getting a phone recording saying the school was on lockdown. 
New Orleans Police Department investigators got a report of a shooting near the school near the corner of N. Galvez and Desire around 1 p.m. Detectives could not find a victim or the shooter, but did find a bullet lodged in a first-floor window near the school's playground.

"My baby, he was saying he was scared, terrified," Qroshanda Cargo said. "That's all he said to me, and I told him that everything is going to be okay." 
Cargo's son was in the classroom next to the one shot.

"Anything could have happened to anybody. A grown person walking by a child walking by anybody, a car passing by, anything could have happened," Cargo said.

"Usually about 20 percent of kids who experience a scary event may need some additional services down the road, may have some problems recovering from the trauma," Children's Bureau of New Orleans CEO Paulette Carter said.  
An event like the one at Akili Academy can be traumatic for a child, and Carter suggests parents support children to see how they are handling the experience.

"They might be sad or angry or wanting to kind of hide in their room and not talk. Those are all normal reactions. Most kids after something scary happens they're fine after a little while as long as they have that support that they're getting from the caregiver, the teachers and the school," Carter said.

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