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Desert View students act out play about a school lockdown to shed light on gun violence

Posted at 10:16 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-08 00:17:24-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — The scenes that follow school shootings have become all too familiar. But what's not as widely seen, are the lockdown drills schools hold in preparation for the worst.

Desert View High School on Tucson's south side wanted to bring attention to what it's really like inside a classroom when a school is on lockdown.

The theatre department put on a play on a topic that the students felt like they could relate to. 'Lockdown' by Douglas Craven started out as a lockdown drill.

But then it got to the point where the eight students and teacher in the classroom were not aware if it was a drill, or a real threat.

Nothing violent is shown, but the audience gets a sense of the fear and powerlessness the students and teacher feel.

There's another showing of 'Lockdown' on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. at the school's theatre. Admission is $3.