The Journal News.com, NY
MAHOPAC — Fifteen-year-old Jaclyn Fitzpatrick said she won't soon forget how her body shook with panic when Mahopac High School went into a sudden lockdown.
Wednesday was a typical morning. She was sitting in her third-period math class when a loudspeaker announcement suddenly interrupted the lesson. It was Principal Aaron Trummer ordering students and staff to lock down the building — and it was not just a drill.
Students and teachers scrambled to bolt doors, push bookshelves against them, pull down window shades and flip off classroom lights throughout the building.
Fitzpatrick sat against a wall with her knees in her chest, expecting to hear gunshots blast down the hallway.
"I was getting really scared," said Fitzpatrick, a sophomore. "I thought it was a psycho that came into the school and was looking for someone to hurt."
About 30 minutes later, students and staff learned that drug-sniffing police dogs from the Westchester County Narcotics Unit had swept through the three-story building, checking the air outside every locker for illegal substances. They found nothing.