Audrey Dzwill, 15, and Evin Molina, 16, said shortly before noon they were leaving lunch in Building 7 when students suddenly started sprinting into the building. People were yelling out “Code Red,” which means there’s an intruder, the students said.
Molina and Dzwill, along with other students, fled the building and waited at the nearby Tri-Rail station for about 15 minutes, unsure of what was happening on campus. A teacher came over and moved them to a nearby business building where they waited for about an hour.
Molina and Dzwill were some of the first students to be dismissed shortly before 3 p.m.
“At first I thought it was fake,” Molina said. Until he heard a teacher shout to run.
Noise like an explosion
The school called police for assistance at 11:58 a.m.
The students and staff remained safe but under a lockdown as of 2:30 p.m. Friday, and a staggered dismissal plan went into effect, according to the School District of Palm Beach County.
By 5:30 p.m., the school and surrounding areas were clear, and all the students had left.
It was unclear why West Palm Beach police were tracking the van’s driver and why the person was shot. Jachles said he didn’t know how many shots were fired or whether the suspect had a weapon.
The School District contacted parents about 12:20 p.m. that a single-car accident on the campus was being investigated after an altercation between the West Palm Beach Police and the van’s driver. Dreyfoos was put into a Code Red lockdown, but parents were assured that all children were safe, and the Code Red was downgraded to a Code Yellow about 1:20 p.m. Friday.