Parents, students upset after surprise lockout drill

Parents, students upset after surprise lockout drill
The parents we talked to say they'd like to be notified ahead of time. (WFIE)

Tense moments, parents reacting to a lockout drill at Harper Elementary School and say nobody gave them a heads-up.

EVSC officials tell us the district prepares for security lockdown situations by simulating realistic conditions during drills.

EVSC officials say the unannounced drill was planned, but it wasn't intended to make anyone upset or anxious. We are told some school staff was notified, but not all.

One Harper Elementary School parent tells us she was alerted by her child's teacher, which concerned her. The parent says at one point, her daughter says the teacher tried to barricade the door and the table busted through the glass.

Making an already intense situation, even more scary. The parent says she picked up her student early. The teacher says the school debriefed students but advised parents to continue the conversation at home.

EVSC officials say they are trying to do more lockdown drills to simulate real situations.

The EVSC released a statement saying in part:

"Our goal is to make sure students take all drills seriously and are prepared to respond quickly should there ever be a security situation in one of our schools." 

The parents we talked to say they'd like to be notified ahead of time.

"I am feeling infuriated to be honest with you," Ivy Gates, mother, explained. "My children are both terrified. They had an awful experience here today with this drill and it didn't need to happen like this, so."

School officials also tell us the safety and security team will process Tuesday's drill and use it to inform future practice.

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