I was driving to work yesterday morning, listening to KUOW (94.9 FM). when the morning announcer said something like, "There was a report of a shooting at Interlake High School in Bellevue. Police are at the school and the school is on lockdown."
Interlake is our home high school, Moogie, Himes and Pookie all graduated from Interlake. Interlake is 2 miles from my house. I know teachers, staff and students at Interlake. I was on my way to work at another school in Bellevue. And, finally, just last week a student from another high school in Bellevue (we have 5) was taken into custody after (allegedly) telling many students at his school that he was going to bring a gun and shoot up the school.
First, there were no shots at Interlake. The story came from a posting on Facebook. The school was locked down, which means everyone was in a classroom with the doors locked and the blinds drawn. Once the school was deemed safe by police, the classes were released one by one, with police and campus security searching the backpacks and purses of the students. No guns were found.
The talent show, scheduled for that night, was postponed.
At our school, across town, the teachers checked the internet and our district email all morning for information.
The students were another story. They seemed completely oblivious to the fact that there had been a gun scare at what would be the high school for more than half of the 8th graders next year. All they wanted to know was, "What color is this dress?"
Ahhh the innocence of youth.
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