‘Our entire community is changed forever’: California shooting victims face a new reality

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Students and teachers alike were confused as the seconds passed without any announcements over the loudspeaker at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California.Then they heard more gunshots and even screams, she said. Panic and fear began to set in.

“We could hear kids crying,” Puettmann, 17, who is the editor-in-chief of the school yearbook, told ABC News in a telephone interview Thursday.

The school was placed on lockdown and the students in Puettmann’s classroom began barricading the door with desks and chairs. Then they waited silently in the dark classroom for what felt like forever, she said, until police arrived and evacuations began.

“It’s just scary because I didn’t know if my friends were OK,” Puettmann told ABC News. “We weren’t getting updates … We didn’t know anything for an hour and a half.”

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