Five minutes of sheer terror, that's what parents said their kids went through during an unannounced intruder drill in a Galesburg Elementary School.
Some parents are now outraged.
The principal at Silas Willard Elementary repeated twice on the intercom Tuesday afternoon, that an intruder was in the building and the school was on lock down.
That's what we're told by both parents and the superintendent, who said neither, students or teachers knew it was only a drill until afterwards.
"My daughter came home and said that there was a little boy in the closet just crying, rocking back and forth saying I don't want to die today, I don't want to die today," said Angelia Gray, a Silas Willard Parent.
Gray and another parent Nicole Daniels said when their kids got home from school, they were shocked to find out about the false alarm.
Daniels said she is angry about the ordeal the school put her 7-yea-old through, "My one daughter told me she was actually crying and I wasn't ok with that."
Superintendent Bart Arthur said it's up to the district whether or not to let teachers know if there's an actual armed intruder, "It's a true picture because you don't have any idea when something like that could occur, and if you don't practice it without warning, you don't know how people will react."
He said parents and teachers were notified in the fall about possible lockdown drills, but parents said because of recent events, like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary, teachers should have been given a heads up.
"They couldn't comfort the kids and say no you're going to be ok, when they didn't know for sure that they would be ok, because they knew nothing about," said Daniels.
However, the superintendent said it's in the best interest of the students and teachers, to know how to respond to real danger, "We're doing this for safety, and the safety of the kids, so in no way did we mean to upset kids and not have parents aware."
Superintendent Arthur said Illinois requires the district to have at least two drills a year.
Other Quad City Area Schools said either they do not have unannounced drills, or they do, but the difference is, both teachers and students are told it's only practice.
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