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Wooster School Student Describes Lockdown Experience

"I felt safe in the closet where I was ... But then again, you never feel 100 percent safe in these situations," the 13-year-old says. Her mother tells what it was like for her, too.


Brianna Kydes was in the lunchroom at David Wooster Middle School early Tuesday afternoon when word came.

"We were in the lunchroom having lunch and everyone had just sat down. A teacher came in and yelled, 'Everyone! Lockdown! This is not a drill!'" the 13-year-old said.

Indeed, the Lincoln Street school went into lockdown for about 20 minutes yesterday in response to a report of four men carrying weapons in the woods behind the building.

Stratford police described the lockdown as a safety measure taken as a precaution due to the proximity of the incident. The four men were taken into custody without incident and were found to be in possession of two BB guns, police said.

Brianna said she and other students headed to the nearby kitchen, hiding anywhere they couldn't be seen.

"We were standing in the closets and in the back," she said. "Some people were even hidden behind the pizza maker. Anywhere where you can't be seen at eye level."

She hid in a closet with her friend, Caroline.

"We were talking about what we would do," she said. "We sat there and thought, what would happen if someone came in there? We started looking at the kitchen appliances — like a pan. And we thought, if we were to need to do anything, we kept our eye on that. We know there's pressure points and stuff. We kept that in mind."

After about 20 minutes, she said, a teacher came in and sat with them for a few minutes before they were able to clear out of the kitchen.

"It did feel longer than 20 minutes," she said. "I felt safe in the closet where I was ... But then again, you never feel 100 percent safe in these situations."

Her mother, Cindy, told Patch Brianna texted her shortly after the lockdown ended.

"She just said, 'Come right away,'" Cindy said.

"A friend had called me at work. I said, don't tell me anything. I just want to come over and get her. And I didn't know what to expect, so I just came over and got her. But I knew she was safe because she was texting me."

Tracey January 09, 2013 at 06:53 PM
I feel so sad for the students of Wooster. My son goes there he came home milk white! I am shocked that during this time the parents did not get any alerts of this happening. At 320pm I did get a call the recording of what happen. So almost 2 hrs later. I don't know what will have to happen to make the Children safe. Our society isn't safe, our environment isn't safe ! I just can say I hear when it was happening from a neighbor and I was violently sick. I immediately went and got my son from school. Now I am gonna slammed for this, but kids need the cell phone on them at school emergency contacts to the parents are needed. I just don't know what we really is gonna happen. I am scared to send these poor kids. I am positive the kids will never forget sandy hook and this episode they had to go thru! We aren't goong to help any of the sick individuals who go on these massacres, or keep the users of the guns to be use for correct purposes Like Aerosmith I am starting to hear ... Dream on!
Carol January 10, 2013 at 04:27 AM
Tracey - I feel for you. Thank god there is a police officer in the school. I am sure your son is scared. I hope hecid okay.Can you believe there are no police officers in the Elementary schools? I have started a petition which is on another page of "the patch" stating there should be a police officer at all of the elementary schools in Stratford all day. I would appreciate it if you would sign it and pass along. Yesterday was another wake up call that our little ones need protection. Thank You.
Tracey January 10, 2013 at 11:18 AM
Carol I absolutely signed your petition previously ! I also have a young one in 1st grade too. I am sure every parent feels the same way when we see our kids goin to school .. A big ol knot on our stomachs. I did mention to the schools that Wooster along with the elementary school are having the safety meetings tonight's same day and time. And I know moms juggle everything but how are we suppose to make it to both meetings. The answer was I am so sorry but you will have the information send home. How do I pick which meeting to go to? Both are so important ...
Carol January 10, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Thank you so much for signing! Have you read any of the comments on the sight? It is sad how there are so many out there against protecting our littlest ones. I know that there are a lot of people out there that do feel the same. as you and I do. I jjust need to reach them. I guess the patch was the wrong crowd. Here I was looking for support and instead made myself sick. These meetings on the other hand are absolutely ridiculous with the way they are scheduled. Good luck to you and your family and thanks for the support we need to stick together.
Baffled Resident January 10, 2013 at 03:11 PM
I've read the comments on Patch's site. I don't feel any sadness at all over my view that public schools should not resemble a concentration camp/barracks/compound/prison/etc. If any parent desires that for their littlest ones, perhaps they should seek out a private entity to fulfill their desire?
patrick ewing January 11, 2013 at 03:57 PM
I heard the SRO had the situation well in hand! Very in control!
christina January 17, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Being a new mom I could never imagine the feeling of getting that phone call or message about a lock down at their school 2 hours later and I really feel for those students and teachers in that school! Had those idiots with the airsoft guns had the flash hiders on these guns (bright orange tips) like they are supposed to the officers would have been able to identify the airsoft guns better resulting in minimal to no lock down. OR had they known there was a school, maybe they wouldnt have gone there to practice? Cant dwell on the "what ifs" or "could have beens" we need to focus on the safety of our kids, better mental awareness for gun handlers and better airsoft safety!!! http://www.airsplat.com/airsoft-safety.htm (:

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