Tales from Lockdown

On January 9, the third day of the second semester, a lockdown at Las Lomas occurred from about 11:30 to 12:25. The actual cause of the lockdown wasn’t revealed until later that afternoon–the actual cause being reports of a student with a loaded gun on campus–so students were left wondering why they were on lockdown.

This left much room for speculation and rumor, coupled with the fact that many students started taking out their phones and texting their friends during the lockdown. While some students treated the lockdown as an everyday occurance, others heard the rumors and worried that something was happening on campus or downtown. 

Lockdown stories were varied, as different students were holed up in different places. Sophomore Sidney Wingert was in her Japanese class when the alarm rang. “It said run, hide, defend, so I jumped out the window… When I went out the window, I bruised and scraped my knees.” She recalled. “[Some classmates and I] were in Macy’s, waiting it out.” The “run, hide, defend” alarm, however brief, had sent her class scrambling out the windows to their perceived safety.

Shabria Dotson, a freshman, was in her history class out in the portables during the lockdown. “I was a little concerned,” She admitted. “But the people around me thought it was overdramatic.” Out on the basketball court, her class was separated from the main buildings and far enough away as to make them wonder whether or not they’d hear anything happening outside.

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On the flip side, Nolan Smith was in his English class–right next to the rally court. “It was pretty terrifying,” the sophomore recalled, “the people in my class were not behaving or taking it seriously.” While students in the portables were isolated from the main buildings, the students in Nolan’s wing–the 500 wing–were in almost the center of the school, in the thick of anything that might happen.

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Lucy Canter, a sophomore, likely had the most unique lockdown story. “We were in the showcase…[Mr. Hensley] said ‘we are going to continue the showcase [while under lockdown] …it was very stressful.” Lucy’s drama class did continue their showcase under lockdown, despite the obvious tension in the air, but “the show must go on,” as many say.

At 2:03 P.M. that afternoon, Principal Benson sent out an email about the day’s event, almost two hours after the administration lifted the “precautionary” lockdown. “It was kind of scary, especially since no one would tell us what was going on.” Lizzie Flores, a freshman, summarized.