Hello dA!!!! I apologize for my absence, but I have good reason for it, I promise! <3
Wednesday, I had a gun pointed at me (and a few other significant buddies!) by a SWAT team member and police officer while they searched the high school I was visiting for an armed gunman!
Ok, that actually sounds a lot more dramatic than I meant, but I was trying to summarize it all to make it seem... Less panicky?
But in reality, it was really scary!!! If you wanna know the real detailed story, take a look:
My significant otter had recently been dealing with problems in high school (he's 3 months younger than I am. UvU') due to some personal choices that others didn't appreciate. He was kinda being harassed, so I decided my intervention was in order! People like me enough to respect me to a certain degree, so I decided it was important to use that~!!
The high school also got a lot bigger due to a recent renovation, so I guess some of the intercom systems weren't working very well, and at about 11:20-ish, there was a report that someone in the main building had a gun, and they told everyone to go into lockdown through this system. (Lockdown is basically where you lock the doors to the classroom, turn out the lights and hide.)
Because we were in a much tinier building (ROTC building) a little further away from the main school, we didn't get any notification until about 20-30 minutes later, when they moved into the roll call phase of the lockdown.
Our instructors decided to finally take action, and we were hiding out for almost 3 hours. Luckily, we had a completely separate building to inhabit, with 2 classrooms, bathrooms, refrigerators, handcuffs and trained military personnel, even if they were a little rusty. Funny enough, we heard some kids in the main building had to pee in beakers n stuff because they couldn't leave their classrooms, so we were super lucky!
Finally, about 2 hours in, a police officer and SWAT team member enter the building to check us and see if any of us were the shooter (Nope!). They had a handgun out n ready, and the first thing they did was tell us to put our hands in the air. It was super scary, because even though they put it down, we were all aware that it was still working.
After they left, I actually collapsed and hid under a desk trying to deal with the fact that this was real, serious and seriously terrifying, and even more so because we couldn't really get news with bad signal and restricted wifi. My boyfriend had to coax me back from under there, and I wouldn't have pulled through as well as I did without him.
We waited another hour, hearing rumors of snipers and screaming and arrests and evacuations and helicopters and Assistant Principals with guns (which turned out to be true!) before the announcement came onto the intercom, allowing us to leave the building.
Everyone only had 1 hour of school left because of this, and it turned out to be a false alarm, but seriously.
I have some bad anxiety that acts up randomly, but especially in these situations, as so many of my friends did.
Some of them were crying or shaking or couldn't talk throughout the whole thing while others joked around n stuff... It was terrifying!
But...! I hope everyone is doing okay this holiday season, and I kinda figured that I should be grateful that nothing went wrong, because I have heard stories where others were not so lucky.