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Updated: 6:29 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012 | Posted: 1:09 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Some students who were trapped inside a high school classroom with a deer said they do not believe their teacher reacted appropriately.
"She just ran out the class and she left us in there," student Alora Pope said.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials released surveillance video Thursday afternoon of a deer running through the hallways of a Charlotte high school.
The deer jumped through a window in a classroom at East Mecklenburg High School during class Wednesday afternoon, CMS officials said.
The video shows dozens of students running from the classroom while school officials can be heard alerting security to the deer entering the school through a classroom window.
Pope and four other students in that tenth grade English class were stuck inside while they waited for the deer to exit.
Pope said she climbed onto bookshelves as the deer knocked over desks.
"It should be her first priority to protect students," Pope's friend and classmate Olivia Carroll said.
But CMS officials said the teacher used her best judgment. Officials said several students were able to run into the hallway before the deer, and that she had to protect them, too.
The video shows the teacher guarding students near a door.
But Pope and Carroll said she should have stayed inside the classroom with them and the deer.
"Anything could have happened while she was gone and wasn't aware of where we were," Pope said.
The deer looks to be fairly young and had trouble standing on the waxed hallways of the school.
A teacher closed and locked a door, sealing the deer off from the rest of the school.
A few students suffered minor injuries. They were treated at the school and are OK.
Student Suandy Lazo has a large bruise on her hip because she crashed into several desks trying to avoid the animal.
“Everybody was screaming. Everybody was just going crazy,” she said.
Animal Control was called to the school after the incident.
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