Students recall the the loss and mass hysteria of Moore War

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Kenny Kim

After the announcers say the situation is under control, Westmoore’s side of the stadium was left distraught.

Bleachers, once packed with the student section, become visible as spectators vacate the stands. Students, in mass panic, jumped on the field and over fences. (T.K. Hadden)

Bleachers, once packed with the student section, become visible as spectators vacate the stands. Students, in mass panic, jumped on the field and over fences. (T.K. Hadden)[/caption]

Friday, September 3 was a night to remember. For the first time in 20 years, the winning streak against the Moore Lions was broken, but that was not the only surprise of the night. With about 11 minutes left in the third quarter, chaos broke out on the home side where allegations of a gun being seen were made. The scare sent shockwaves through the crowd. The panic was under control within minutes, but the stories continue on. Everyone has a story and the following are in our students’ own words.

 

Junior Alecia Huff, Color Guard Captain:

“I was in the stands with every other person I’m pretty sure that was there. All I remember is looking over my shoulder to my left and seeing a police officer running up the stairs and then I was following him up. I was sitting there in shock. I even had a couple of panic attacks as it was calming down. When I got home I was sitting at the bar with my mom. We were just talking about it because she didn’t run. She listened to Ortega too. We were sitting there thinking what could’ve happened had it been real. She got over it quicker than I did. She said, ‘let’s not focus on the negative.’ I was like, ‘but if it was real I could’ve died.’”

Senior Xavier Ware, Receiver:

“We were doing a play. When the play was over, we turned around and just saw people yelling. I’m thinking in my head, ‘oh the crowd was getting lit they got faith in us.’ Next thing we know people start jumping off the ledge and we hear ‘it’s a gun, it’s a gun.’ We were disappointed at the crowd, like who would do something like that at the game? But we came back and we just pushed forward and said it was a mistake. We just got to move forward from it.”

Sophomore Callie Elrich, Cheer:

“I was on the sidelines and we were in the middle of doing a chant. Then I realized everyone was gathering together. I thought there was a fight at first. Then I realized that everyone was running away. So, I didn’t know what to do until Pom started running and our coaches told us to start running. I grabbed my poms and I ran because everyone was running. We didn’t want to get trampled on by the student section because they were jumping. I was just in a state of shock because I didn’t know what was happening until someone said there was a gun. Just the initial shock of it and seeing everyone. Even if there was no actual threat, it was a very stressful emotion to go through. I think anyone involved would say they felt very stressed and they wouldn’t want to go through that again.”

I wasn’t sure how to handle the situation. So, I just got down, started ducking, and waited for it to be over. Then I hear ‘duck,’ ‘get down,’ and ‘gun.’”

— Callie Castor, 12

Junior Avery Romines, Athletic Trainer:

“At first, it was really hyped, but after the whole incident happened, it just went downhill, but we’ll be back at it. I was on the sidelines. I just saw people running, so I ran over to my head athletic trainer, Tucker, and I told him what happened. I ran over to my dad, and I told him what happened. I kinda just stayed back, and then I heard it was a false alarm. I honestly got mad. Like, how did that even happen? I think it was just some kids messing around, saying things they shouldn’t, and it caused panic. And then it just grew. I just couldn’t believe it. I just never thought it would happen, especially during my years at Westmoore. It just took me by surprise. I just went silent. I didn’t know what to think. It was very weird.”

Senior Callie Castor, Student Section Attendee:

“I wasn’t sure how to handle the situation. So, I just got down, started ducking, and waited for it to be over. I was sitting in the student section watching the game and I saw a fight break out at the very top by the concessions. I looked and then just continued watching the game while my friend got a phone call from my mom. She started freaking out, she ran away and I was confused as to if she was okay. Then I hear ‘duck,’ ‘get down,’ and ‘gun.’ I just looked at my friends to see what they’re doing when they heard this. I see everybody rushing towards us and grabbing each other. People were jumping the fence to get onto the field, so I got down and held my head. When I looked up I saw the football players running off the field. I just kept being pushed around by everybody else that was running. When I finally calmed down and stopped crying I went to the very top of the bleachers and waited for them to let us go home. I was calling my mom and dad to tell them what was going on and when I started to leave I saw the cops on the sidelines.