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Lockdown drill scares some students in Turner

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TURNER, OR (KPTV) -

A lockdown drill didn't go quite as planned, and now it has some in the community of Turner talking.

School officials said after that drill a few students were upset by what happened at Turner Elementary School last Wednesday. 

The Cascade School District said after the recent school shootings across the country, it wanted its students to be ready by practicing a staged lockdown.

In the process of that lockdown, some students became scared.

District officials said the drill was never meant to frighten any students; it simply wanted to prepare them for the worst case scenario.

It was a drill that was supposed to train students and staff in case someone ever came onto campus with a weapon.

"This is a scary situation for any school to talk about and think about," said Darin Drill, superintendent for the Cascade School District.

The drill had been planned for weeks and even had input from the police chief and other law enforcement agencies as well school counselors.

Teachers had even talked to students about the drill a week before.

"Our goal was to give the opportunity for our kids to walk through a more realistic lockdown drill," said Drill.

The staged lockdown required a school worker to play the role of an intruder who would stand off campus, wearing a hoodie and acting suspicious.

As students would start to make their way in from recess, the intruder would climb over the fence onto campus.

Melissa Casady was helping out in her son's classroom and was not aware of the drill.

"He was pretty far away from any children, he didn't try to contact, make contact with any of the students," said Casady, a parent and president of the Parents Club.

Teachers soon started moving students into classrooms and went into lockdown mode.

"He was walking across the playground and then the students came into the building, and that's when we all locked the doors and got in the corner," said Casady.

Officials say the worker used a walking stick as he moved across the playground.

They believe he got a little overzealous and started tapping on some of the windows of the classroom, which scared some kids.

"We're sympathetic and sorry that some kids felt scared and afraid, but at the same time Newtown was a scary situation," added Drill.

Teachers talked with the students about the drill and hope they learned from it.

Some parents are already saying their kids have become more aware of their surroundings since the drill.

"I've talked to lots of parents and I have not heard any parents who are upset, you know, all I've heard that it's really unfortunate that we have to do this," said Casady.

Teachers and parents we spoke to say they support how the lockdown turned out.

They say just like fire drills, students need to practice it, so they know exactly what to do in case of the real thing.

The district is now reviewing the procedures of this lockdown and hopes to make improvements for future drills.

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