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Active shooter drill spooks students, teachers

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A Mesquite high school practiced a shooting drill on campus early Monday morning, leaving some students and teachers upset.

Just after 10 a.m., the principal at Horn High School announced over the intercom that a "Code Red" drill would begin. A school resource officer dressed in uniform and a mesh vest walked around the building checking for locked classroom doors.

One teacher was apparently shaken up after an officer startled her coming into her classroom and shouting, "Police." He was carrying a rifle loaded with paintball bullets.

Some students said the drill came at an inappropriate time.

"The librarian pulled me into the library and I heard footsteps and screaming and thought, what's going on. I thought this was a drill," said Hailee Draughon, a junior at the school. "Even though it was a drill, I think it was unnecessary being that these kids haven't even been buried yet and there's somebody dressed up acting like this is the real deal."

Others believe the simulation was important and necessary.

"This is something that needs to be in people's awareness and if it takes codes this soon after, then we need to do that," said Glenn Locust, whose granddaughter attends the school.

Mesquite schools are required to have two Code Red drills per year. Administrators said the drill was previously scheduled so that it would fall before finals.  

While administrators had decided to call it off during a morning meeting, the decision wasn't relayed to the school staff.

"In light of what happened on Friday, there's not an ideal time for it. Today, all of us are more aware of it. Perhaps it was a good time to practice," said Laura Jobe, the MISD spokeswoman.

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