BMHS PrideTime Reporter
It was just another day at Norwalk High School on February 20th, 2018. Montanna C. (18’) of Norwalk High School was enjoying her morning until she suddenly heard the lady come over the loudspeaker saying, “Shelter in place!” This was the beginning to her hectic morning.
Montanna was on her way to the vending machine to get a bag of chips when she heard that there was a shelter in place drill. She went into the nearest room she could find which happened to be the public forum room.
“I was in there for about a hour and a half with no teacher,” said Montanna. She was stuck in a small lecture hall with 8 other students, not knowing what was going on. They sat there and joked around, thinking that it wasn’t a serious drill. “I was mad because I was hungry and nobody was telling us what was going on,” she said. She resulted to reading Twitter updates to find out that the drill was serious, it was no joking matter.
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Montanna was extremely nervous, it was so close to the Florida shooting and she didn't have any staff with her to tell her what to do.
She and the 8 other students were brought to the cafe, which was filled with the police and the swat team. “We sat there for hours without any information or food,” stated Montanna. Norwalk High students were then told they were leaving early and had to leave their bags there. If students had drove their cars to school. They’d have to be left in the parking lot.
Later Norwalk High student’s found out the reason for the shelter in place. They were devastated and slightly traumatized that something like that could happen in their school. Some students even took to Twitter to post about their feelings.
“The next day my mom didn’t really want me going to school. It made her nervous. so I just ended up going to school late. This was a huge scare for us [Norwalk High students],” said Montanna.
Norwalk Public Schools and Norwalk High School are now taking precautions, to ensure all their kids stay safe. NHS is thoughly checking open beginning and open end passes to make sure students aren’t going and coming as they please. They are also stationing security guards at every door that exits the building.