EL PASO, Texas – Following the news of the mass shooting in a Uvalde elementary school, many Borderland parents are forced to talk to their kids about gun violence.
ABC-7 spoke with dozens of parents, many of who were angry, confused and shocked at the news.
Many swiftly reacted but almost immediately knew they would have to talk to their kids about mass shootings in schools.
One El Paso grandparent, Jenny Blanco, will be talking to her kids about the deadly incident.
“You know, they ask a lot of questions, you know, especially at that age, and I just tell them there's good people and bad people and sometimes bad people they don’t know what they are doing, and they are doing the wrong thing, but you have to always be cautious, and you have to protect yourself because no one is there to protect you,” Blanco said.
Other parents voiced their frustrations and called for gun violence to end, like El Pasoan Ortensia Enriquez.
"It’s hard to say don’t have guns, you know, cause we do need them sometimes and but I guess children need to know from a very early age what they need to go," she said.
One parent blamed these types of deadly shootings on the government- adding that schools need extra security.
One grandparent said she doesn’t know what the answer is in these types of situations.
“It’s hard to say ‘don’t have guns,’ you know, cause we do need them sometimes, but I guess children need to know from a very early age what they need to do.”
Enriquez said in the following days, she will talk to her kids about gun violence.
“I will have to, I will have to let them know what is going and they need to know.”