BUHS students describe last week’s campus lockdown
Bishop Union High School (BUHS) was locked down at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, September 29, after a suspect ran from the scene of an alleged domestic violence situation or fight in the 200 block of South Warren, the Bishop Trailer Park.
The subject, 22-year old Ryan Shay was apprehended inside the school.
Students interviewed for this story said they were confused at first of whether it was a drill or not, then they were scared when they found out what was happening.
They didn’t find out what was happening, however, from the school itself. Rather, they were informed by parents and friends.
A junior at BUHS, Jordan, whose last name is being withheld because of his age, was in Arnie Palu’s Digital Media class during the incident. He said when the first announcement of a soft lock-down came over the intercom, Palu went straight to the door and locked it.
A soft-lockdown requires staff to secure locked doors and visitors are not allowed on campus. A hard-lockdown means lights are turned off and students are ordered to stay away from windows that are draped. They are instructed to be as quiet as possible and not to open the door for anyone unless there is an evacuation.
Then the announcement for a hard lockdown came through and the lights in the classroom were turned off and the students hid under tables and Palu stood near the door holding a stool.