School lockdown drills

When any drill happens, science teacher Rocio Chevalier gets serious. She keeps her class quiet and in their seats and turns out the light. Also she locks the doors and counts the number of students with her. If one is missing she places a red sign under the door.

“I tell the students everything is okay and to be quiet,” she said.

When a lockdown happens it is to insure that the campus and the students are safe.

“I walk around the campus to see any potential threats on and off campus,” said SRO Derek Smith.

The purpose of the lockdown drill is to educate the teacher and students for when there is an actual emergency on or around the campus.

“We will cooperate with the police department,” said principal Ricardo Cordova. “We make sure all procedures are followed. Security will check the classrooms to see if teachers are following procedures. I will confront the teachers who aren’t following the procedures. We have fire drills every month and a lockdown drill every semester.”

During a lockdown students need to be quiet and stay out of sight. There should be no teaching during a lockdown. If a student is out of their classroom, either the SRO or the security will take the student to a safe haven.

“I check all the doors inside and see if everyone is quiet and out of sight,” said security Wendy Paulson. “I write down all the classes that don’t follow the rules, and I send students to a safe zone.”

Students and teachers in the library have particular challenges because they have a lot of windows. Students are told to go to the copy center, which doesn’t have any windows. Once there they are to remain quiet.

“I make sure all students are in the copy center and all doors are locked,” said librarian Roxy Blackson.

The library is one of the safe zones on campus.

“I gather students in my section,” said media technician Jason Rodriguez. “If I see any students outside the library, I bring them in. I tell students to please be quiet because we don’t know if it is a drill or a real-life situation.”

Most students are taking lockdowns seriously. Freshman Miguel Lazaro got under the table calmly during the last lockdown drill. Senior Ashley Drake followed the teacher’s rules, and she was hoping no one would get hurt.

“I was talking to my friends during the lockdown,” said freshman Melissa Key. “I was wondering if we were going to get shot.”

By Michael Figueroa