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Teacher, students shared food, kept spirits high inside El Camino Real High classroom

The time passed slowly in Natasha Zwick's English class at El Camino Real High School.

Zwick and 36 students were among several thousand students, teachers and administrators locked down on the campus after a Los Angeles school police officer was shot nearby Wednesday morning.

To pass the time, they set up a television and watched newscasts of the shooting. Soon, they became hungry and shared a sandwich, a bag of pretzels and a few other snacks that students had brought.

"The bathroom was the worst issue because we weren't allowed out," Zwick told The Times.

She said they set up a makeshift bathroom with a trash can. It wasn't ideal, she said, but no one complained.

"The kids were amazing," Zwick said.  "Nobody complained, nobody whined, nobody cried."

Throughout the ordeal, administrators kept teachers and students informed with updates on the school's public address system. Finally, about 5:15 p.m., they heard the words they had been waiting for: They could leave the campus.

"Everybody was hugging," Zwick said, "and talking about what they were going to eat."

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Teacher, students shared food, kept spirits high inside El Camino Real High classroom

could you guys think of a dumber title maybe?

do your job.

report the news.

Oh man, I can totally relate to the hunger issue. They must have literally been starving. How many days were they locked in there?

This is sad to hear, a clown show with no direction just people eager to shoot, get revenge and a whole lot of overtime. If any of us get murdered, it's business as usual. This cop lived, and look at the abuse of power.

Life is precious! Yet, can't help but wonder if lockdowns were necessary in the manner determined by law enforcement and LAUSD school officials? Hopefully, there will be a follow-up to determining whether best practices were employed by all.

Jeez, some of you people commenting are ridiculous. My son was on lockdown until 5:30pm and had no food or water since 7am when he had breakfast at home. Was he going to die, no, but you armchair critics sitting behind your computers with a doughnut in your hand need to grow up and have some compassion. While my son's safety was never in question, as a parent, this is not something I'd ever want my child (or anyone's child) to go through. People like you are the reason are society is going down the toilet...self-centered, cold-hearted and bitter to the core. I'll be praying for you.

The Student body and Faculty of ECR are know for their quick thinking and the ability to adapt to any situation.
I'm not surprised they reacted properly to the bad situation they where in and helped each other in an appropriate manner.
I am very proud of my son and every one of his classmates.


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