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Perry Hall parents anxiously line up to pick up children after alert

Officer killed in Perry Hall
Posted at 11:38 PM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 23:40:30-04

Hundreds of parents lined Perry Hall Elementary School Monday evening.

RELATED: Alert lifted from three Baltimore County schools, students may leave after officer killed

"It was just unbelievable, the lockdown in the neighborhood, I had no access to my children and I was in a panic," said Melissa McKenzie, a parent. 

Hours after they should've had their kids home.

"Right before they released her, she texts me and said mommy, are they ever going to let me out?" said Chrissy, a parent.

"It was just very stressful, I'm trying to hold it on emotionally, but when I got them, I was just relieved, did a lot of praying," said Damien Hughes, a parent.

Schools in the area were on alert after several suspects were involved in the death of a Baltimore County officer.

RELATED: Baltimore County officer killed in line of duty, armed suspects remain at large 

"I've been sitting on the couch on edge for the past five hours and just seeing them, I had a complete release because I'm like oh my God, my babies are okay," said Samara Wright, a parent.

Investigators have been searching for hours. This school community just relieved to be giving hugs and kisses tonight.

"We've been waiting at Outback since 3:30 p.m. so I'm just happy and thankful this teacher Mrs. Walters has been emailing me nonstop from the classroom so I feel very safe," said Rachel Knox, a parent. 

Parents telling WMAR-2 that the fear of not knowing what could happen to their child was crippling.

"Let me know what's going on because my heart is in my stomach right now," said Chrissy, a parent.

"I'm worried because I don't know what's going on, I'm not at home, I'm not watching the news so I'm just very blessed to have them," said Rachel Knox.

The kids, exhausted but happy to see their parents were resilient.

"We were playing games our teachers gave us snacks and food," said Jason Nolaseo, a student.