SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – During the intermission of a high school play Monday, a woman who was attending the play stepped unknowingly into active shooter training—and a masked gunman.
“It’s an image that will be burned in my brain for the rest of my life,” said Darrah Jones, who came to Sandy’s Jordan High School to see a musical.
She was with her friend, a teacher at Jordan High School.
“The play was adorable, and at intermission, she was like—I need to grab something from my classroom, let’s go look at my classroom,” said Jones.
“There was a thin piece of caution tape over the staircase, she was like, it’s a high school, they’re always cleaning, they’re always mopping, just watch your step,” added Jones.
So Jones and her friend kept walking.
“As soon as we got to the top of the staircase, a man in a mask with a gun–a handgun–came barreling around the corner at us,” said Jones.
“I immediately just started running down the stairs. I fell as I was running down the stairs,” she added.
“I was trying to prepare myself for what it feels like to be shot. And thinking–please miss us, please miss us,” said Jones.
Jones says she is still traumatized by what happened—which was a cadet active shooter training.
“You hear gunshots, you hear screaming, you hear yelling, you wanna make it as real as you possibly can,” said Sgt. Todd Royce with the Utah Department of Public Safety.
He says training happens at Jordan High School once every month or two, and the training always happens outside of school hours.
“This is the first negative experience that we’ve had in the years that we’ve been doing it,” said Royce.
Royce says the crime tape is meant to keep people out.
“At the very least, the warning tape would say there is something in this part of the building, and that’s the reason why we cordon it off,” said Jeff Haney with Canyons School District.
Haney says that teachers have access to the cadet training schedule on a master calendar for school employees.
But that calendar isn’t made public–and the public isn’t notified.
Jones says, at the very least, that more notice should be given to the general public when the drills are happening inside schools.
“It just boggles my mind that they would do this on a night when children are running around 20 yards away,” said Jones.