THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 235

Lockdown

In the early morning hours,
a rumor was born
from many frightened, anonymous
phone calls.
“One of the students
is going to arrive
at school
with a gun.”
Of the 2,000 students
who attend our school,
1,000 showed up.
I was one of them.
Nothing will happen.
We’ve had rumors like this
before.

Police cars were parked
all around campus.
Officers patrolled the halls.
The day was as gray
as a jail holding us in,
the clouds like cushions
of steel wool.
Our every move
was monitored.
The police took detailed notes
and searched all our bags.

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