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Lockdown precedes walkout day

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Students at Heritage High School got a scare on March 13, the day before widespread walkouts to protest school violence and memorialize shooting victims, when the school was briefly locked down after a man pursued by police barged into the school.

The lockdown began a little after 8:30 a.m. after a man pursued by Littleton police entered the school, but was quickly turned away by the school resource officer and school staff, according to an email sent to parents.

The man was apprehended a short time later, said Littleton Police spokesman Cmdr. Trent Cooper, and charged with possession of drugs and interfering with school operations.

The lockdown was lifted at 9:25 a.m.

For students stuck in classrooms who didn't know what prompted the lockdown, the event was unnerving and a chilling reminder of the stakes they face.

“I was terrified,” said junior Savannah Brown. “I didn't know if I was going to die.”

“I was sitting there thinking, will I get to walk out tomorrow, or am I going to die right here in my classroom?” said Sabrina Ehrnstein, who was instrumental in organizing the walkout. “Will I die in the dark against the wall, or will I get a chance to fight for my safety tomorrow?”

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