EVANSTON, Ill. — Police are investigating after two guns were recovered from inside Evanston Township High School.
The incident happened at around 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Police said a school resource officer was told students were smoking marijuana in the bathroom.
Two handguns were recovered and six students were arrested.
This was not an active shooter situation and no shots were fired, according to police. No injuries have been reported.
The school was placed on lockdown earlier as police secured the area. Students were dismissed from the high school around 12:30 p.m.
“I feel happy it’s over with,” said ninth-grader Orli Schwartz. She says she was in biology class when her teacher got up, locked the doors and told everyone to get down. “We ran into the back classroom. It was kinda like ‘oh, wow this is actually happening to me?’ We were trying to figure out what was happening.
“We ran into the back classroom. It was kinda like oh wow this is actually happening to me? We were trying to figure out what was happening.”
Desperation among parents outside started to increase as many were demanding the school open the doors and let their kids out.
“They were scared and terrified out their minds. It’s a trauma reaction. And hysterical and you just want your kid out of any circumstance. I completely understand them. Completely,” said Dafna Lender, a parent of a ninth-grader. “It just happened in Michigan and I was thinking about this possibility, God forbid, and just all I wanted to let her know was I’m with you. I’m with you can you hold someone’s hand pray. You just want that last minute to be one of connection.”