Following a gunshot at Los Angeles County Fire Station 81 in Agua Dulce on Tuesday morning, Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District campuses were temporarily closed. Heather Pillette, a parent at Acton Elementary, came to the school to pick up her two sons immediately as the lockdown began at 11:30 a.m.
Around 3 p.m., Pillette, whose younger son is in kindergarten, was in her pickup truck and parked across the street from the school with her children. When the precautionary lockdown was removed at 12:38 p.m., she was able to pick up her sons. Two L.A. County Fire Department helicopters landed at Acton Park for water refills before proceeding to the suspected shooter’s burning residence.
Just a few miles away, Acton Park could see the column of black smoke rising from the house. According to a district news statement, 200 students were placed on lockdown at Meadowlark Elementary School. At High Desert School, which had just finished its day’s dismissal, only five kids were detained.
The Kindergarteners were locked in the bathroom to keep them safe. It has been a crappy year, says Pillette. According to the release, “Vasquez High School had approximately 125 students in their lockdown with additional 15 students brought in from the bus coming from High Desert School, along with the driver.”