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'Erratic' driver shot and killed after crashing through gate and fleeing onto West Palm Beach school campus

Angie DiMichele, South Florida Sun Sentinel on

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“I visited with the students and everyone’s calm and collected at this point,” said Superintendent Michael Burke about 3 p.m.

Ninth-grader Emilie Paul, 15, was eating lunch outside with her friends when they heard a noise like an explosion. They initially thought it was a garbage truck but realized the sound was much louder.

“Then we saw a police officer start yelling ‘Code Red,’” she said. “And we saw people start running.”

Some students ran into the gym, where another student held the door open, Paul said.

“I was shaking the whole entire time, running with my bag … I was praying,” she said.

She and some schoolmates ran to the nearby Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, where she waited until about 2 p.m. “It kind of felt like forever.”


Crammed into bathroom

Kaia Dunn, 16, said she was at lunch when she saw the van hit the gate but thought it was a prank or a driver who had a medical emergency. The 10-grader said she realized something was wrong when teachers started running.

She and two other 10-graders, Sloane Lopez, 16, and Amelia Seguso, 15, waited for more than an hour in a bathroom inside Building 8.

Lopez and Seguso said they were sitting on the floor of the bathroom where about 30 students were crammed inside. Dunn was standing with others in a small entranceway outside the bathroom.


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