Students hold their hands up in the air as they are evacuated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland after a shooter opened fire on the campus.
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Students and teachers responded as trained when the fire alarm sounded, streaming out of the school and toward exits only to run into deadly gunfire. Two boys with stolen guns took aim from a wooded hill, waiting for people to evacuate after one of the boys had triggered a false fire alarm. That was 20 years ago at Arkansas' Westside Middle School, before active-shooter drills became part of the routine for schools across the United States.Students today are taught to evacuate during fire alarms but lock down during school shootings. As in many U.S. schools, students and teachers had trained for both responses, just not at the same time. Seventeen teachers and students were gunned down.In Westside Consolidated School District, where the 1998 shooting occurred, a given classroom won't always use the same exit when the district does monthly fire drills required by the state, Superintendent Scott Gauntt said.Those drills are announced to teachers in advance, and no one evacuates for an unannounced fire alarm until a staff member checks where it originated from and confirms a real fire threat, he said.
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