MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/ Fox 24)- This student is shaken up after she says not everyone took the lockdown seriously on Thursday, January, 23.
“I was first anxious and nervous because the teacher just got up and went to go lock the door and she announced ‘we’re in lockdown go in the corner and go just sit down and be quiet’ and then everybody was just talking they just ignored her,” says student, Isabel Tovar.
It was 3:20 p.m when Administrators placed Midland High on lockdown following a tip that someone saw a student carrying a gun.
According to Jeff Horner, the Executive Director of Secondary Education, “when you have 2,400 kids in a building or whatever number that is were going to spend our first and foremost efforts on the safety of those kids first.”
Administrators at the school were compensating for a broken intercom system and going door to door to notify Teachers that there was a lockdown.
“Since the intercom wasn’t working how were we supposed to know it was like real and we were supposed to actually be quiet that there is that it was real and not a drill,” says Tovar.
Her mother, Lilly Marquez, says there should have been more communication.
“It could have been way better like they were saying some of the substitutes were in the new building since they send out emails saying that there was a lockdown how were the substitutes supposed to know they don’t have access to those emails.”
MISD saying in the press conference on Friday, January, 24 that they did the best they could under the circumstances.
“Coordination among out agencies, among staff and personnel, is another takeaway that went well but after an incident like this, of course, we always look back and see what else could be done better next time and areas to improve,” says Chief Communications Officer Elana Ladd.