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Students pour out of El Camino Real High after lockdown

January 19, 2011 |  6:27 pm

As darkness fell on Woodland Hills, thousands of students poured out of El Camino Real High School, which had been locked down since shortly before noon after an officer was shot by a gunman.

Parents waited anxiously and many said there was confusion during the day about where and how the students would be released.

Shortly before 6 p.m., Maria Gomez broke into a smile as she saw her four children appear on the street in front of the school.

"I feel relieved," she said, adding that the ordeal was "scary" because the shooting occurred so close to school.

Her daughter Alisa, 16, said she spent the day in her chemistry class watching an Indiana Jones movie with the other students. "I feel like I've been there two days," she said.

She wasn't planning on returning too soon.  "I'm not going back to school tomorrow," she said.

As Gomez ushered her children into the family SUV, they were all looking forward to enjoying a barbecued rib dinner.

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--Ching-Ching Ni at El Camino Real High School

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