‘I ran out the doors;’ Student describes chaos after active shooter alarm goes off at Troy HS

TROY — Classes have been dismissed following two false active shooter alarms at Troy High School this morning.

Around 7:30 a.m. a substitute teacher accidentally triggered the high school’s emergency alert system, according to the district.

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“It’s a key on the computer,” Superintendent Chris Piper told News Center 7′s Malik Patterson. “It’s red to indicate for that purpose. You have to hit the button twice and respond to a prompt on the screen.”

The district said students and staff did “exactly as they should have” by running from the building or sheltering in place.

Shortly after that, around 9 a.m., the same substitute teacher accidentally triggered the alarm again.

After it was deemed a false alarm, the district made the decision to cancel classes at the high school for the day.

Gabriel Jones, a freshman, was in the cafeteria when the alarm first went off.

“I ran out of the doors. I saw people throwing their bags, diving and jumping out of windows to get out of the building,” Jones said.

After he left school, he immediately called his dad to let him know what happened.

In a statement released later Friday, Piper said today was “a series of incredibly unfortunate and upsetting events” and apologized to all families impacted by what happened.

When asked if the substitute would face any disciplinary action, Piper told us that they haven’t discussed the at yet.

“That’s something we’ll talk about,” he said.

As for Jones, he said he’s nervous about returning to school on Monday.

“It’s going to be weird to come back after being in that panic. I might be on edge after a bit but it’ll go away,” Jones said.

On Monday, there will be a meeting with the district. They will also meet with students to discuss what happened and how to move forward.

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