Santa Fe High Students Say They Relied On Recent 'Active Shooter' Training

'Get In The Corner, We've Done This Before.'

What you need to know
  • Santa Fe student says he and classmates relied on recent active shooter training
  • The students barricaded themselves inside a room using desks
  • 17-year-old student Dimitrios Pagourtzis has been charged with murder, accused of shooting 10 people at his high school on Friday
  • It's understood to be the 22nd school shooting in the U.S. this year

A Santa Fe High student says he and his fellow classmates relied on training they received in a recent active shooter drill to barricade themselves inside a classroom, during the shooting massacre at their school on Friday.

Damon Rabon told CBS he heard the 17-year-old accused shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis in the hall outside their room, recalling the moment as "about 30 seconds to three minutes of straight chaos".

"Me and a couple other students were like, 'Get in the corner, we've done this before, grab the desk, barricade the door. We were doing all that like we were taught to do."

Rabon said he and his schoolmates barricaded the door, turned off the lights, grabbed a desk and crouched down into a corner, as they heard successive shots ringing outside.

Pagourtzis has since been charged with murdering 10 people, nine of his fellow students and a teacher, in an attack similar to the massacre at a Florida high school earlier this year.

Survivors of the Florida high school massacre vowed support on Friday for Texas students caught up in the latest deadly school shooting, saying tighter gun laws were needed to stop further bloodshed.

With CBS and Reuters