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Video shows cops searching Houston high school after reports of active shooter

A video shared by a Heights High School parent captured the harrowing moment armed officers entered a classroom to search for an active shooter who was falsely reported to Houston law enforcement on Tuesday. She first tweeted that she was ‘scared of nothing’ after learning that a SWAT team was going from class to class on her son’s campus, a Twitter user @ggqt3 followed by posting a video she says he took inside one of the rooms.

In the 33-second clip, a teacher appears to be peering through his classroom door to check that law enforcement is standing outside before opening it. Officers wearing tactical gear then enter the classroom with guns, asking students to raise their hands. “No one has entered this room, have they?” an officer asks the students, who all answer “no” in response while other officers search the classroom. “If everyone is okay give me a thumbs up,” the officer adds as the camera pans to show the students giving a thumbs up.

“This is the new reality for our children who are just trying to learn and live another day!” the parent captioned the video, which has already been viewed more than 385,000 times. “There’s been an incident at Heights High School in Houston, Texas and SWAT is going from class to class.”

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner confirmed local law enforcement received a call reporting 10 people were shot in a school classroom during a possible active shooter situation . However, those reports turned out to be false after police found no evidence of a shooter and concluded the incident actually involved two students in a fight. Finner said police are currently investigating the source of the false report.

The shooting comes nearly four months after the Robb Elementary School massacre in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, where 19 children and two teachers were killed. During this tragedy, law enforcement came under heavy criticism for their late response to the shooting, which is currently being investigated by the Office of the Inspector General of the Texas Department of Public Safety. .

Finner praised the officers for arriving on the scene minutes after the initial call and not hesitating to enter the classroom where the shooter was, suggesting condemnation of the Uvalde officers who were filmed waiting 77 minutes before breaking into the classroom and killing the shooter. . “Given what has happened recently in an active shooter [situation]we forced the door,” Finner said. “We immediately walked in and started looking because we want to make sure our kids are safe.”

Social media users were quick to react to the video which captured the terrifying reality students face in schools today. “Our children, teachers and school staff shouldn’t have to live like this! commented one twitter user. “Children are already hurt. These exaggerated responses – instead of reasonable actions – are traumatic for children. Same with active fire drills. Staff need to be ready of course, but children don’t need pretending someone is coming to kill them.” another commented.

Others praised the officers for keeping the situation under control. A A Twitter user commented“As much as I hate to see it, I’ll give these officers 100% credit for their calm demeanor and clear direction with these kids. It’s a scary situation and they do a good job of instilling a sense of control.”