Some local students were able to avoid a terrifying scene at the White House this past Friday.
A Secret Service Agent shot an armed man, who approached a checkpoint and refused orders to stop. The sixth grade class from Cameron Elementary was visiting the White House when the incident occurred.
Fortunately they were nowhere near the actual shooter.
They didn’t realize what was taking place until later when they were able to see news reports about the incident.
Becca Kelch, a teacher at Cameron Elementary said they saw the police cars driving by and just thought it was something routine. “Then when we met up later, the kids told us that they got to see some police officers running and getting stuff ready at the White House, but we weren’t anywhere near it,” she said.
“It was handled very nicely with all of the police officers there. It wasn’t panic. It was just very calm and just a normal day. So they handled it very well,” said Rachel Ciccone, a guidance counselor at the school.
Teachers say they did receive some calls from concerned parents, but they were assured that all students were safe.