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Police weren't notified of Carroll High School intruder drill

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - An intruder drill had students scrambling and teachers putting Carroll High School in lock down Friday. Problem is, nobody told parents or police.

It came over a loud speaker in these halls, saying an intruder had entered the building. Students were told the school was on lock down and nobody told them it was a drill.

As soon as the lock down began, several students picked up their phones, called their parents, and the news spread like a wildfire. Not knowing it was a drill, those parents dialed 9-1-1.

Come to find out, nobody told police either. Thinking there was a real shooter in the building, Monroe police rushed to the scene fully ready to take on a real threat, only to find out, it was all a drill.

Principal Patrick Taylor says it was a mistake not telling police about the plan, "That was a key point that we didn't inform the actual police department, to inform them until they were already here. Those are the people we normally do call, so we may have dropped the ball," said Taylor.

But the principal says it was part of the plan, to keep students and parents in the dark, family members of students reacted differently. "I think he did a good thing and I'm proud of my principal," said one parent.

"I believe all parents and guardians should be in the loop, as far as the line of communication to know what's going on," said another.

Principal Taylor says the drill wasn't announced because they wanted to see how everyone would respond to a perceived threat. "On behalf of the school, we apologize if we panicked anybody, but with so much going on, I don't want to say I wasn't at least some kind of prepared," said Taylor.

Police tell us because of this incident, Monroe police emergency coordinators will be contacting the school to insure better coordination between agencies for future drills. The Monroe School Board says it is a part of the city's crisis management plan to tell police about drills. They say this situation was simply an oversight.

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