Terrified students apparently hunkered down in a classroom during Tuesday’s deadly school shooting in Michigan — then jumped out the window amid fears the gunman was impersonating a sheriff in the hallway, according to footage shared to social media.
“Sheriff’s office. It’s safe to come out,” a male voice can be heard saying tentatively from behind the door of the Oxford High School classroom during the shooting that left three students dead and eight others wounded, the postings say.
A dozen or so frightened students seen on the clip inside the room are immediately skeptical of the supposed authority figure.
One girl is heard whispering, “We don’t know who that is.”
A student standing by the door replies sternly to the voice on the other side, “We’re not taking that risk right now.”
The male voice pleads, “OK, well, just open the door, and look at my eyes, bro.” The school shooter was quickly apprehended after police were inundated with 911 calls.
His casual language was enough to convince the students he could not be trusted.
“He said, ‘Bro.’ Red flag!” a male student says.
The students then begin jumping out of one of the room’s first-story windows and run through the snow to a main entrance of the high school manned by a uniform officer, according to the footage.
“Slow down. You’re fine,” the officer tells the terrified teens, as the 52-second clip shared to Snapchat, Tik Tok and Twitter ends. Social media footage shows that Oxford HS students determined the shooter was impersonating a police officer and jumped out the first-story window after the “cop” used slang. After jumping out of the school’s first story window the students fled to the main entrance which was manned by a police officer.
The alleged gunman, an unidentified 15-year-old sophomore at the school, was apprehended five minutes after a flood 911 calls were made from the school at 12:51 p.m., officials said.
“Deputies confronted him, he had the weapon on him, they took him into custody,” Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said, adding that the suspect’s motives were unknown.
Oxford, Mich., a town of 22,000, is located between Detroit and Flint. AP