Teacher Describes Terror On High School Students’ Faces When Fire Alarm Goes Off At School

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content. She lives in Queens, NY.

Students, teachers, and parents all over the country are still rattled by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14, 2018.

Every time there’s a school shooting, every student worries about their own safety at school. They suddenly find themselves on high alert to anything that might be out of the ordinary.

According to NBC News, the teen responsible for the Florida shooting pulled the fire alarm just before his attack. Now, students and teachers alike are understandably concerned that when a fire alarm goes off there’s a terrifying chance it might not just be a drill.

Lacey Garner, a high school teacher, shared what happened when the alarm started blaring at her school on February 21, just one week after the Florida massacre.

Instead of immediately fleeing the building, everyone hesitated. Teachers and students all feared it might be a setup for another shooter.

Photos: Facebook / Lacey Garner; Wikimedia / Ben Schumin

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Lacey shared what happened on Facebook, where her post got a lot of attention.

Within just six days, the post had over 45,000 reactions and almost 47,000 shares.

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Lacey wrote:

Today, the fire alarm went off in our school. It was not a drill. It was not planned.

Our first thought wasn’t to exit the building, but to wonder if this was the start to a very dark afternoon.

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For 30-60 seconds after the alarm started, the hallways were dead. Not one teacher instantly thought to abide by ‘fire drill’ procedures.

I had high school students begging me not to take them outside because “what if it was a setup for a shooting?”

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Sixteen year old students began to tear up as I told them we were going to leave the class and walk outside.

“I don’t want to die.”

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I held hands of students and held them behind me as we walked out of the school, all the while repeating in my head, “please don’t let this be it… please don’t let this be it.”

Aloud, I promised kids they were going to be okay.

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As we were coming back in the building, the fire alarm went off again. The same confusion, dread, and fear overcame the students. Some ran for classrooms. Others ran for doors.

Cause of the alarm? Dust in a smoke alarm in the gym.


This is the climate in schools around the country right now.

It’s not okay. 
Kids are scared. 
Teachers are scared.

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We are doing our best. Every teacher I know would die trying to save your children.

But we could use some help.

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If we are willing to give our life, could you give us your voice?

Demand change.

Fix this sh*t.

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