There wasn’t a lockdown April 20 at West High School, not when you have students “escorted” to their parents. If the school posts a lockdown, the school and the police should follow through with it!
Parents received text messages from their children that there was a lockdown and yet they disobeyed orders and came to campus. When my daughter called me to tell me that my son had texted her, I told her to stay away from the campus not knowing if there was a shooter just waiting for parents to come to school and for the students to flee the premises. No one knows what was happening during these three hours, we were told it was a lockdown and that is what should have happened. Then I heard it was a “semi-lockdown,” which is ridiculous. What about the students who stayed in school as directed How do you think they felt, seeing their fellow classmates leave the school because their parents were ignoring the command All the parents’ cars on the street would have made it more difficult for medical assistance to arrive if there was a shooter and someone got hurt.
I blame the parents, school officials and the police for allowing parents to come on campus and disobey a school order, especially for the safety of students and teachers left in the classrooms. Next time a lockdown is called, mean it; no one comes in and no one leaves. If the school is willing to “escort” certain students off campus, it had better evacuate the entire student body, teachers included, or get a new plan.
Patti Green, Tracy