'Level 3' lockdown at school

By Josh Luedeman

We were right in the middle of lunch when our math teacher told us to get away from the windows. We wondered what was going on. Everyone moved to the opposite side of the room, and we continued eating until we heard a message from the loudspeaker that said, “All teachers: Make sure that all of the lights are turned off.” It was a dark, rainy day here in Oregon, so it was hard to see once the lights were out. This was becoming a bit weird.

Then we were sent to the science room on the third floor of the building. And all of the doors were locked. The teachers said it was because there were people walking around the building with guns. And they thought we’d be safer on the third floor.

When we got to the science room, everyone was panicking and talking loudly. But instead of getting scared, I started praying. Sometimes, I have not been the bravest person in the world. For example, I like to have a parent go to my room with me when it’s dark and I go to bed. So I was surprised at how safe I felt when I heard this scary information.

You can pray whenever there is something bad happening

I have learned in Sunday School that you can pray whenever there is something bad happening, and you can hear angel messages from God. These messages tell about what’s good, and they’re comforting.

I felt really safe as I listened to the angel thoughts from God. Some wonderful messages came. Thoughts like: “God is with you. Don’t be afraid, God will take care of this. God is all powerful. He is even more powerful than someone with a gun. Everything is under God’s control.”

My best friend was sitting next to me under the science lab desks. And I heard him whispering, “I’m OK, I’m OK,” over and over in a shaky voice. It was obvious that he was very frightened.

I comforted my friend.

We were under the desks for about 20 minutes. During that time I comforted my friend. I told him, “It’s OK. Everything is going to be all right.”

Finally, we were told over the intercom that we could return to our classes.

The next day the headlines of our paper said that 25 police officers, including SWAT team members armed with assault rifles and a K-9 unit, had been hunting for two armed men in the area of our school. Both of the men were taken into custody and no one was hurt.

I am really grateful to God because He helped me out and helped me not to feel scared. And I was glad I was able to help my friend.

Safe with God:

Science and Health:
King James Bible:
Ps. 4:8

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