A senior at Oxford High School in Michigan has described in chilling detail how he and his terrified classmates piled up desks against their classroom door, and armed themselves with whatever they could get their hands on – including scissors and calculators – during Tuesday’s shooting that killed three.
Eight other people were wounded, some critically, including a 14-year-old girl who was placed on a ventilator after surgery, after investigators say a 15-year-old sophomore carried out an ‘absolutely cold-blooded, murderous’ rampage using a handgun his father had just purchased on Black Friday.
Aiden Page, a senior at Oxford High School, said he was in class around lunchtime when he heard two gunshots.
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Oxford High School senior Aiden Page said he heard two gunshots, after which his teacher locked the classroom door during Tuesday’s deadly school shooting in Michigan
Page photographed desks piled up against the classroom door to keep the shooter out
This image taken by Page shows what appears to be a bullet hole in one of the desks after the 15-year-old gunman shot through the door, according to the senior
Page told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday night that he watched his teacher follow an active shooter protocol by immediately locking the classroom door, in case the gunfire was not a part of a drill.
‘We grabbed calculators, we grabbed scissors just in case the shooter got in and we had to attack them,’ he said.
Page revealed that at one point, a bullet pierced through onw of the desks used to barricade the door.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard has confirmed Page’s observation, saying that the 15-year-old school shooter ‘tried to breach classroom doors.’
‘He actually fired through a number of the doors that I looked at last night, through the barricaded doors,’ the sheriff revealed on Wednesday. ‘Some of those barricades were struck by gunfire.’
The shooting took place at around lunchtime in Oxford Township, Michigan, leading to the teenage suspect’s arrest within 5 minutes of the first 911 call coming in
Eight other people – seven students and a teacher – were wounded in the shooting. Ambulances are seen at the scene on Tuesday
Page said he and his fellow students were trapped inside their classroom for an hour, during which time he was left to wonder whether he would make it out alive.
‘The very first thing in my head was, “Is this actually happening? I’m going to text my family, say I love them just in case, if I were to die,”‘ the teen recalled thinking. ‘Then when everything calmed down for a second, I was able to catch my breath and rationalize things.’
Page described the entire harrowing ordeal as ‘insane.’
Meanwhile, freshman Mark Kluska told CNN he was in his sign language class when an active shooter lockdown was announced, prompting his teacher, Moises Cortez, to shut the classroom door and secure it with a metal doorstop so no one could kick it in from the outside.
‘I started realizing it was real when I began to hear yelling,’ Kluska told the network.
The freshman said he teacher switched off the lights and told his students to huddle in a corner ‘because this might not be a drill and he wants to be safe.’
The gunman tried to coax students out of hiding by claiming he was a sheriff’s official and announcing that it was safe to come out. Freshman Mark Kluska recorded the chilling incident inside his sign language class
Kluska and his classmates escaped through a first-story window and ran across the yard to safety (pictured)
As seen in chilling cellphone video recorded by Kluska, a person believed to be the 15-year-old shooter attempted to trick the students into opening the door for him by pretending to be a sheriff’s deputy.
‘Sheriff’s office,’ the boy is heard saying in the footage. ‘You can come out.’
Students look at one another as one whispers, ‘He said it’s safe to come out.’ But the teacher refuses to open the door, saying: ‘We’re not willing to take that risk right now.’
The gunman shouts something inaudible before calling his classmate ‘bro,’ prompting the teacher to signal his students to quickly escape through a first-story window.
Kluska said they ran across the snow-covered courtyard to another part of the building, where a real law enforcement officer led them to safety.
Parents walk away with their kids from the Meijer’s parking lot where many students gathered following the shooting at Oxford High School
Emerson Miller, right, leans on her friend Joselyn’s shoulder as they listen to Jessi Holt, pastor at LakePoint Community Church, during a prayer vigil at the church after the Oxford High School shooting on Tuesday night
Some of their classmates and at least one teacher were not as lucky.
The three students who were killed were 16-year-old Tate Myre, 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana, and 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin. Bouchard said Myre, a junior football player died in a patrol car as a deputy tried to get him to an emergency room.
Eight others – seven students and a teacher – were shot and wounded, two of them critically.
A 14-year-old girl was on a ventilator and a 14-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to the jaw and head, Sheriff Bouchard said.
Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe speaks at a news conference on Tuesday