Students reacted well to the story,
embracing the idea of fighting off an
intruder, which sta; referred to as a “wolf,”
Hamilton says. “I don’t think the kids are
afraid. ;ey see it as a game because you
don’t talk to them about an active shooter,
you talk to them about a bad man.”
At 1: 15 p.m. sharp, Hamilton addresses
the school over the intercom. “Excuse the
interruption, but we have an emergency
and there is a wolf around the school,”
she announces. Kindergarten through
third-grade classes are instructed to
lock down in their classrooms—locking
doors, turning o; lights and barricading
doors with whatever is available—
while grades 4 through 8 are to run to a
designated area outside.
;e halls soon fill with teachers and
children running through doorways and
into the bright sunshine. Although the
students are silent while in the building,
many talk and laugh as they make their
way to the designated spot. “What were
you told not to do?” Hamilton sternly
asks the group of 200 or so students
when she catches up with them.
“Talk,” one student replies.
“Or laugh and scream. If that had been
a true emergency, someone could have
gotten hurt,” Hamilton says.
Seventh-grade teacher Ian MacInness
admonishes students to take the practice
more seriously and to focus on their
surroundings. “We never know when
something might happen,” he says.
Hamilton then dismisses the students,
who quietly head back to the school.
The principal, who’s run the school
for 31 years and is a former student, says
she knows it’s important to be prepared.
But she wonders if she should remind her
sta; to maintain perspective. She recalls
how she and her classmates regularly
used to duck and cover in preparation
for an atom bomb attack.
“We act like it’s really going to happen,”
she says. “You have to settle everybody
down. We never got hit with a bomb in
all those years.” n
Julie Rasicot, who lives in Silver Spring, is
the deputy editor of Bethesda Magazine.
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