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Published May 10, 2012, 05:11 PM

Horizon Middle School holds evacuation drill

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Horizon Middle School students were put on lock down, and even had to evacuate the building, but it was only a test. Law enforcement and school officials have been working on this practice evacuation, and today the plan was put into motion.

Horizon Middle School students were put on lock down, and even had to evacuate the building, but it was only a test. Law enforcement and school officials have been working on this practice evacuation, and today the plan was put into motion.

After the announcement rang out over the loud speaker of gas leak near the building, all 1250 students and staff crowded the halls and made their way to exit.

Lori Lockhart - Moorhead: “Practice and be prepared, in this day and age you can never be prepared enough for what could potentially happen.”

Horizon Middle School Principal Lori Lockhart says the school has had several mock fire drills and lock downs, but with the amount of students in the building, those drills are sometimes not enough.

Lori Lockhart: “We also want to be vigilant on a drill where we can’t be in the building, and we actually have to leave school grounds.”

Teachers took roll, held up green cards to let emergency personnel know all students were accounted for and safe, after this students loaded busses to be taken to a secure location.

Lori Lockhart: “With every practice you learn a lot, with every drill that we do we discover mistakes, we go back, we work on them, we fix them, and we make it better every time.”

This drill wasn't only helpful for teachers and staff, without it, some students wouldn't know where to go or what to do in case of an emergency.

Camilla Herbel – 8th Grade: “We didn't know that we would go on the busses, so that was interesting.”

Taylor Hagness – 8th Grade: “We didn't even know that we were supposed to stand on the grass, so we were all just standing in the parking lot for a while.”

Lori Lockhart: “From this, it will only get better, so by doing this we will probably be able to identify some things that we need to do better.”

When the drill is all said and done, and students and teachers go back to class, they will now know how to handle the organized chaos, of a drill we all hope never has to be done in real life.

After the drill School Officials met with police and fire officials to talk about what was done correctly, and some things to improve on.

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