TV personality says her kids "were afraid to go to school" this morning after at least 17 were killed in America's latest mass shooting.
Kelly Ripa put on her mom hat Thursday morning to discuss the Parkland, Florida shooting on "LIVE with Kelly and Ryan."
"The news coming out of Florida yesterday [is] devastating," Ripa said. "Don't know how many times this is going to happen, but I don't know how many times it has to happen for a school shooting, a mass shooting of this caliber before somebody does something, before people really get into it."
"And people are gonna say, 'Oh, you're a talk show host, shut up.' In this moment, I am a mom of three kids that go to school and I had to talk my kids of a ledge this morning because they were afraid to go to school," she added.
Ripa continued to explain that she had to reassure her kids safety by reminding them to just follow the school's instructions if a traumatic situation were to arise.
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“And people are gonna say, ‘Oh, you’re a talk show host, shut up.’ In this moment, I am a mom of three kids that go to school and I had to talk my kids off a ledge this morning because they were afraid to go to school.” pic.twitter.com/dpVpYMU0Ef
"Unfortunately, my kids have grown up having these drills in place where they -- you know, they don't just have fire drills anymore," the morning show host said. "They have active shooter drills which is so tragic to me. It's such a tragic thing and the fact that our country has such unparalleled mass shooter violence is staggering to me."
In the end, Ripa pleaded for someone to step up to the plate to make a change so the next generation can go to school without feeling like they have to fear for their safety.
"Somebody needs to have a conversation that is larger than in this moment and again, I just say this as a concerned citizen and parent."
Wednesday's tragedy was the third deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.
A gunman -- identified as former student Nikolas Cruz -- opened fire Wednesday inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, resulting in "numerous fatalities." At least 17 people were killed. The shooter, who opened fire with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, has been released from the hospital and is now in custody.