Acalanes High School Experiences Lockdown
November 4, 2016
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Acalanes High School was more than the talk of the town on October 13th—it was the focus of many Bay Area news organizations after a car thief made his way onto the campus of the Lafayette high school, resulting in a lockdown.
While being chased by police in connection to multiple auto thefts in the Danville area, two men from Martinez, both in their mid-thirties, drove a stolen Volkswagen Jetta from Pleasant Hill to Lafayette. They abandoned the car near the campus of Acalanes High School, and one of the two suspects made his way to the campus and into the boys’ locker room, where he was eventually apprehended. The other suspect was apprehended in a backyard of a nearby Lafayette neighborhood.
The school was in lockdown for more than an hour, and students had varying emotions throughout the process. “I was really scared about the intruders that came because I did not know what to expect,” Acalanes sophomore Spencer Tompkins said.
Acalanes junior Sierra Fang-Horvath noted that students were not left completely in the dark. “I was personally very scared, but we had a constant flow of updates from social media and online news, so many students’ fears were quelled.”
Fang-Horvath also pointed out that a scheduling inconvenience impacted preparedness for the lockdown. “Many of our teachers were away on some sort of development summit, so many substitute teachers were deemed incompetent at the lockdown procedure by some students.”
Associate Principal Jan Carlson assured that teachers at Miramonte have been trained to keep students’ emotions in check if such an event were to happen at Miramonte.
“The teachers are aware of what they need to do in the event of a lockdown. One of the primary directives in a lockdown situation is to keep everyone calm.”