Two Area Schools Locked Down
Mishawaka High School (MHS) and Beiger Elementary School were on lock down for more than 30 minutes this afternoon after two suspects fled the scene of a routine traffic stop in front of MHS. At MHS, the lock down began with an announcement over the loud speaker at the beginning of fourth period, approximately 1:45 p.m. The lock down was lifted and classes resumed at approximately 2:15 p.m.
The incident sparked different reactions from the various students and staff at MHS. Some were anxious about the lock down. Freshman study hall teacher Corey Sinkovics said, "At first, I thought it was a joke, but when Mr. Calderone spoke, we knew it was real." Computer Applications teacher Lauren Richard said, "I'm very proud of the students in my classroom for following procedure and showing maturity on all levels. I'm very proud of MHS." Senior Gage Reynolds said, "I thought my worst fear became a reality."
Others had a less somber opinion. Graphic Design and AP Art teacher Ryan Sarge said, "I knew it was something ridiculous. Everyone seemed to jump to conclusions." Sophmore Leyde Galeano said, "The lock down was a little nerve-wracking. Some people tried looking on the bright side by making jokes while others were nervous and pacing. After it was done, it was like a lock down never happened."