Parents dropping their children off couldn't believe something like this could happen at their children's school.
"At least I was relieved to know the guy left and isn't on campus, a little bit of relief, but still sadness and disappointment of why these things happen," said parent Tory Roberts.
A Katy ISD spokesperson acknowledged that an alert to parents wasn't released as quickly as the district intended. Steve Stanford said the district intended to send an alert to parents before school began but a default setting on the notification system prevented the message from being sent in a timely manner.
"We apologize to the parents that they did not receive that first message. We understand the importance and the urgency of getting these types of notifications," said Stanford.
Stanford said the district will be changing those default settings to make sure another delay doesn't happen in the future.
Katy ISD said they brought in additional help from around the district to serve lunch at the school. The district said one cafeteria worker met with a counselor and then left for the day. The other stayed but worked on food preparation.