She announced it was a drill, but some students and teachers arrived after the announcement
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS -- The Cleveland Heights High School principal has been disciplined for panicking students and staff during a safety project involving a school-shooter scenario.
Administrative Principal Johnette Wiley and staff were shooting the remainder of a safety video April 2 beginning at 6:45 a.m.
They wrapped up the video around 7:40 a.m. -- nearly an hour before students arrived for school around 8:30 a.m.
Wiley announced it was a drill for the video -- but some teachers and students who arrived after the announcement only heard that there was a gunman in the building.
Some were so concerned they called police from the parking lot.
"Just waking up and hearing there is a gunman in your school is terrifying," said student Eryn Bernard.
The district apologized for the confusion, saying there was insufficient communication.
Superintendent Nylajean R. McDaniel said in a statement, "While the project was well intended, we felt that the seriousness of the incident demanded further investigation, and so the administrative principal was put on administrative leave."
Some students say they wish they had known about the training exercise before they heard the rumors.
"I guess she should have told the teachers. They usually send out an email before they do something like that," said student Thurayyah Jackson-Thomas.
Wiley was put on leave for one day last week.
The district says she is on a vacation this week that had been planned months in advance.