Tornado warnings lead to shelter-in-place


Jenny Hottle

Students sit in the chorus hallway during the second tornado warning on April 28. The school called for shelter-in-place twice, disrupting classes and both assemblies.

Jenny Hottle, Online Chief

The chorus had just finished performing “Somebody to Love” for the freshmen and sophomores when Principal Paul Barker announced that Harford County was under a tornado warning.

At approximately 8:36 a.m., all students and teachers reported to shelter-in-place in the first and second floor hallways. The warning interrupted the freshman and sophomore assembly and disrupted mod one classes for juniors and seniors.

According to senior Cat Gordon, who arrived late to school, “It didn’t look like there were heavy winds.”

Students returned to advisory at 8:50 a.m., and then juniors and seniors headed to their assembly. After first honors were given out and the jazz band, orchestra, and chorus gave a sneak peek at the upcoming spring concert, Barker announced that Harford County was once again under a tornado warning.

Students proceeded to the hallways again around 10 a.m., where they remained until approximately 10:20 a.m. Mod two classes resumed shortly afterward.

“[The shelter-in-place] is interesting, but kind of spooky,” senior Chelsea Shock said during the second tornado warning. “I’d like to be with my family during the storm.”

Barker said that the school was being extra cautious after the recent outbreak of tornadoes across the United States. “Students have been cooperative [during the shelter-in-place],” Barker said. “They’ve done a fantastic job.”

Despite rumors, no Harford County schools were dismissed early.

Harford County remains under a tornado watch until 3 p.m. today, and a flood warning is in effect until 3:15 p.m.

Jenny Hottle is the Online Chief for “The Patriot” and