by: Tom Jones Updated:
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A McNair Discovery Learning Center mother said she was in three times the agony during Tuesday's incident because her three children were inside.
"I actually got numb at first," said Daphne Morris.
McNair Technology teacher Shanique Worthy is Morris's daughter.
Worthy's two sons, Skyler and Shaun, are students at the school.
"I got this text from Shanique saying 'Mommy, the school is on lockdown,'" Morris said.
"No matter what I will always love you," read another text.
Morris said she prayed and tried to stay calm during the crisis.
"I had to ask God to please protect them," she said. "The angels please come and help."
Worthy explained the sound of gunshots.
"I just heard, 'Go, go, go' and something slam," she said.
Worthy said she thought about her mother and children and her training helped her remain calm.
"I knew they would be OK as long as the intruder didn't get in their classroom," she said.
Morris was elated when she saw all three loved ones at the school.
"I'm just so excited that everything worked out fine," she said.
Worthy and her sons returned to school Wednesday.
Morris thanked emergency responders and bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff for helping bring loved ones home safely.