A Bad Day at School
By Stephen Moran (2017)
Police officer picks up the phone
Dispatcher Hello this is 911, what is your emergency.
Student Hello… Hello, I would like to report a shooting.
Student At Liberty High school, Sandyhook road, Rhode Island, New York. We… We have some injured… (pauses for a few seconds) and a few deaths.
Dispatcher Okay sir can you identify the suspects?
Student N… No. I never saw them. We heard multiple gunshots and then we hid under our desks in our classrooms.
Dispatcher When did you hear the gunshots?
Student Just a few minutes ago. We soon heard screams and the teacher ordered us to hide under the desks.
Dispatcher Have you tried calling your parents?
Student Y… Ye… Yes, but they weren't home so I left them a message… Oh god…
Dispatcher What is it?
Student (Whispers) They're outside!
Dispatcher Okay… Please remain clam and stay under the desk. Keep me on the line.
Student O… Okay. They're trying to get inside.
Pause for a few moments.
Dispatcher Can you see them?
Student They're outside the door. There’s two of them, both dressed in black.
Student They're opening the door.
Dispatcher Are they armed?
Student Yes. One has a shotgun, the other has a sub machine gun. They have ammo pouches and what looks like… pipe bombs.
Dispatcher Can you tell me a little about yourself?
Student My name is Peter Jensen, I’m seventeen years old and I’m a junior at Liberty High.
Dispatcher Good, Peter. Where are the shooters now?
Student They're inside the classroom and they seem to be shooting outside the window. I don't know they are shooting at, but they are definitely shooting at something.
Student Wait… Oh god… They’re turning around…
Dispatcher Wha… What do you mean?
Student They… They're shooting at us.
Dispatcher Keep your head down and don't make a sound, but keep me on the line!
Student Okay… Oh go…
Dispatcher Peter? P…Peter? Peter what happened? PETER!