Boy thrown from balcony at Mall of America showing signs of recovery








(WTVO) – The family of Landen Hoffmann, 5, who was thrown off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America last Friday, says the boy is making “small steps towards the healing process.”

The family updated Landen’s condition on their GoFundMe page, which has raised $883,000.

On Friday, a family spokesman provided the following update:

“We have good news to share with you all on this Good Friday! Our miracle child Landen is showing real signs of recovery. New test results have been positive, though he remains in intensive care with a long road ahead. Our faith in God and our Savior Jesus is strong and we are gaining more reason for optimism day by day. We continue our request for privacy as we focus on Landen and thank you for respecting our wishes. Just know that we all feel your overwhelming love, prayers, and support – He is answering our prayers and they ARE working. Please continue to pray for Landen and his family, every single prayer is important. Thank you so much from all of us and have a blessed Easter weekend.”

Emmanuel Aranda, 24, of Minneapolis, is charged with attempted premeditated first-degree murder in Friday’s attack. The child plunged almost 40 feet and is fighting for his life in a Minneapolis hospital with head trauma and multiple broken bones.

Aranda has two past convictions for assaults at the mall, both in 2015, including one in which he threw a glass of water and glass of tea at a woman who refused to buy him something. Aranda at one point was banned from the mall.

Court records show that Aranda had been ordered to undergo psychological evaluation or treatment after the earlier mall assaults.

The boy’s mother told police that Aranda came up very close to her group as they stood outside the Rainforest Cafe restaurant. She said she asked him if they were in his way and should move, and he picked up the child without warning and threw him off the balcony, according to the complaint.

Police caught Aranda on a light rail train at the mall waiting for it to leave. They said he admitted throwing the child from the balcony and said he had come to the mall a day earlier seeking to kill someone but it did not “work out.” Aranda originally said he planned to kill an adult before choosing the child instead, the complaint said.

Our miracle child: Five-year-old boy hurt in Mall of America attack showing signs of recovery, family says

MINNEAPOLIS — The 5-year-old boy who was thrown from a balcony at the Mall of America last week is “showing real signs of recovery,” his family said Friday.

“We have good news to share with you all on this Good Friday!” the family said in a statement. “Our miracle child Landen is showing real signs of recovery. New test results have been positive, though he remains in intensive care with a long road ahead.”

Landen was the victim of a horrifying attack at the Bloomington mall on April 12, when a man picked up the child and threw him nearly 40 feet onto a stone floor.

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, of Minneapolis is charged with attempted first-degree premeditated murder in the attack. He is being held in the Hennepin County jail in lieu of $2 million bail.

Aranda told police he went to the mall “looking for someone to kill,” according to court documents. Surveillance video showed Aranda walking on the third floor and looking over the balcony several times before approaching Landen and his mother, a criminal complaint said.

Landen’s mother told police that she and her son were with a friend of hers and her friend’s child outside the Rainforest Cafe when Aranda approached them. She said Aranda came very close to them; then, “without warning, Defendant picked up the Victim and threw him off the third floor balcony,” the complaint said.

In their statement, the family said, “Our faith in God, and our Savior Jesus, is strong and we are gaining more reason for optimism day by day. We continue our request for privacy as we focus on Landen and thank you for respecting our wishes.

“Just know that we all feel your overwhelming love, prayers and support — He is answering our prayers and they ARE working.”

“Thank you so much from all of us and have a blessed Easter weekend.”

The Indiana State Police will provide an update on Monday.

One of the nation’s most recent infamous unsolved murder investigations is heading in a “new direction.”

Indiana State Police said in a statement Friday that new information in their inquest into the murder of two teenage girls in Delphi, Indiana, in February 2017 will be shared at a press conference on Monday.

The update will be held “to share information with the media and public about the new direction of the Delphi homicide investigation.”

Police shared no further information into what the new evidence might be, or why they were changing directions in the investigation.

Indiana State Police released a composite sketch of a man believed to be connected to the deaths of Abby Williams and Libby German.(Indiana State Police) Indiana State Police released a composite sketch of a man believed to be connected to the deaths of Abby Williams and Libby German.

Friends Abigail Williams, 13, and Liberty German, 14, both middle schoolers, vanished on a hiking trail near Delphi on Feb. 13, 2017. Their bodies were found one day later about a mile from where they were last known to be on the trail.

Authorities have not released information about how the girls died.

The murders have also been called the “Snapchat murders” — named as such due to a photo shared by German of Williams walking on an old railroad bridge during their hike on the day they disappeared.

“We’re all frustrated,” Abby’s mother, Anna Williams, told ABC News in February, just before the second anniversary of the children’s deaths. “It might still feel like we’re in the same place, but I think of how many tips we’ve gone through, how many are still out there, still coming in, and I still have hope that we are on the right track.”

Indiana State Police officer Tony Slocum talks during a news conference to provide the details of the investigation into the murders of Liberty German and Abigail Williams on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at Delphi United Methodist Church in Delphi, Ind.(J. Kyle KeenerThe Pharos-Tribune via AP) Indiana State Police officer Tony Slocum talks during a news conference to provide the details of the investigation into the murders of Liberty German and Abigail Williams on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at Delphi United Methodist Church in Delphi, Ind.

Authorities released a grainy photo of a man they believe could be a suspect in the girls’ killings and an audio recording found on Libby’s phone with a man saying “down the hill” in the days following the murders. Police later released a composite sketch of the man they believe to be in the photo.

No definitive match for the suspect has ever been found, despite thousands of tips and over $200,000 in reward money being offered.

Just before the one-year anniversary of the teens’ murders, a sheriff’s office in Bledsoe County, Tennessee, wrote on Facebook that the “FBI has extended the search” for Abby and Libby’s killer or killers into southeastern Tennessee. The report was almost immediately shot down by the Indiana State Police, saying the search was still “nation wide.” Bledsoe County authorities blamed the post on a “misunderstanding.”

Police arrested an Indiana man in September 2017 that authorities initially said could be related to the Delphi killings. Daniel Nations, 31, was taken into custody in Colorado after threatening people near a hiking trail with a hatchet, police said.

Indiana State Police nonetheless downplayed the arrest at the time, simply saying they were treating it like any other possible tip. In a press conference on the one-year anniversary of the killings, state police conceded, despite their interviewing Nations, he was not someone “they care a whole lot about” in relation to the crime.

ABC News’ Emily Shapiro contributed to this report.

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Police searching for missing 5-year-old boy in Illinois

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (CNN) – A 5-year-old boy in Illinois has vanished. The missing boy, Andrew Freund, is also called A.J.

Police are searching for a missing 5-year-old boy in Illinois. (Photo: CNN, Crystal Lake Police Department)

His parents say they last saw him Wednesday when he went to bed at the family home in Crystal Lake.

Police say he was reported missing Thursday.

FBI agents and other law enforcement agents were seen searching the family home Thursday.

Items from the residents were removed.

Investigators are calling the child’s home a crime scene but did not elaborate.

Police say they have not issued an Ambert Alert in the case because it’s unclear if the boy was kidnapped.

Peru ex-president leaves cadaver as sign of contempt for his enemies: suicide note

LIMA (Reuters) – Peruvian ex-president Alan Garcia wrote in an alleged suicide note read by family members at a wake on Friday that he had killed himself in order to avoid humiliation at the hands of his political enemies.

Friends and family carry the coffin with the remains of Peru’s former President Alan Garcia, who killed himself this week, during the last of three days of national mourning declared by President Martin Vizcarra, in Lima, Peru April 19, 2019. REUTERS/Janine Costa

Garcia shot himself in the head earlier this week as police arrived at his door to arrest him in connection with alleged bribes from Brazilian builder Odebrecht, in the most dramatic turn yet in Latin America’s largest graft scandal. Before his suicide, Garcia had repeatedly brushed off allegations of corruption as a political hit.

One of Garcia´s daughters read the apparent suicide note at a wake held by his APRA political party, which twice helped usher Garcia to the presidency.

Reuters was unable to independently verify the authenticity of the letter, nor the time at which it was written.

“I will not be humiliated,” read Luciana Garcia, citing a note left by her father before his suicide. “I have seen others paraded around in handcuffs, living a miserable existence, but Alan Garcia has no need to suffer these injustices.”

“For this reason, I leave to my children the dignity of my decisions; to my friends, my pride, and to my enemies, my cadaver as a sign of my contempt for them.”

The note underscores the deep political rift that continues to plague the Odebrecht investigation in Peru and elsewhere in Latin America.

Peruvian prosecutors investigating the Brazilian builder said they had gathered sufficient evidence to hold Garcia in pre-trial detention while they prepared charges against him. Garcia maintained his innocence until the end, calling the probe politically motivated.

“In this time of rumors and hatred, believed by the majority…I have seen how these procedures are used to humiliate and not to seek the truth,” Garcia wrote in the letter read before thousands of his friends and allies at the wake.

President Martin Vizcarra, whose administration has overseen the probe, had offered Garcia´s family a state funeral with honors, typical of that received by former presidents.

The Garcia family declined Vizcarra´s offer, preferring instead a private event with the ex-president´s friends and allies.

Garcia´s suicide is likely to drive a wedge between Vizcarra´s government and the right-leaning opposition in Peru´s Congress, many of whom were allied with the ex-president.

Reporting by Marco Aquino, writing by Dave Sherwood; Editing by Marguerita Choy

Officials are barred from releasing the footage until after an April 29 hearing.

Attorneys for the owner and manager of a Florida day spa, where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men were allegedly caught on camera receiving sexual favors are claiming either prosecutors or police are trying to profit from the unauthorized sale of the footage “to the highest bidder,” according to newly filed court documents.

“I am deeply disturbed that someone in the Palm Beach County attorney’s office or Jupiter Police Department — who are the only ones with access to these video — would attempt to sell and profit from these videos and be in contempt of the courts orders,” attorney Tama Beth Kudman told ABC News on Friday. “It’s disgraceful.”

Kudman, who represents Hua Zhang, the owner of Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida — charged with multiple counts of running a brothel — in an emergency motion for an order to show cause filed on Thursday evening. The motion seeks to hold officials in criminal contempt and “for violation of this Court’s order prohibiting the release of the video surveillance in this case,” according to filing.

“The motion is asking the court to get to the bottom of whoever attempted to sell these videos and hold whoever it is in contempt because they are violating the judge’s order. It’s disgraceful,” Kudman told ABC News.

Emails and phone calls from ABC News to the Jupiter Police Department and Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office requesting comment about the allegations were not immediately returned.

William Burck, left, one of during New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's attorneys, addresses attorneys representing media organizations as he speaks before Judge Leonard Hanser William Burck during a hearing in Kraft's prostitution solicitation case, April 12, 2019, in West Palm Beach, Fla.(Lannis Waters/Palm Beach Post via AP, FILE) William Burck, left, one of during New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s attorneys, addresses attorneys representing media organizations as he speaks before Judge Leonard Hanser William Burck during a hearing in Kraft’s prostitution solicitation case, April 12, 2019, in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Zhang’s business was one of numerous Florida spas targeted as part of a larger human trafficking investigation which installed hidden surveillance cameras in spa massage rooms and allegedly captured Kraft seeking and receiving sexual favors from spa staffers on Jan. 19 and 20. Kraft has denied the charges.

The secretly-installed cameras were set up by the Jupiter Police Department during a human trafficking investigation of the spa. While prosecutors with the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office have not filed any human trafficking charges related to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa, Kraft and two-dozen other men who had visited the facility were arrested and charged with soliciting prostitution.

The latest drama began earlier Wednesday, when Palm Beach County prosecutors indicated that they were preparing to release the potentially embarrassing surveillance video from inside the spa.

County officials said that the video would be released in response to public records requests in the cases of Zhang and another women accused of facilitating the alleged prostitution at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa. Officials said they would “pixelate or blur depictions of obscene or pornographic images before releasing such records to the public, absent a court order.”

Kraft’s attorneys responded swiftly, filing a letter to the judge to apprise him of what they described as “an extraordinary and alarming development involving what appears to be gross prosecutorial misconduct” and accused law enforcement officials of trying to circumvent the judgment of the court. Kraft’s attorneys had previously filed a motion with the court to suppress the video evidence, and a hearing had been scheduled.

“I don’t want this released until I’ve ruled,” Florida Circuit Court Judge Joseph Marx said in an emergency hearing on a conference call with the two parties and the media late Wednesday afternoon.

That hearing is now scheduled for April 29 at 1:30 p.m. local time.

Defense attorneys for the National Football League (NFL) team owner have said that they intend to argue at that hearing that a search warrant that allowed investigators to install hidden cameras inside the spa’s massage rooms was improperly obtained.

Defense attorneys also filed motions on Wednesday requesting to seal the videos not only to “protect Mr. Kraft’s right to a fair trial” but to prevent it’s released to “millions of people around the world to see.”

“If that were to happen, it would immediately and irretrievably taint the jury pool not just in Palm Beach County, but in neighboring counties (and states) as well. Sealing is the most sensible option,” according to court documents.

Under Florida’s Sunshine Law — enacted in 1995 — any records made or received by any public agency in the course of its official business are available for inspection, unless specifically exempted by the Florida Legislature.

A man holds a banner supporting New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in front of the Palm Beach County Courthouse, where the case disposition hearing in the State vs. Robert Kraft is happening, April 12, 2019, Palm Beach, Fla.(Cristobal Herrera/EPA via Shutterstock) A man holds a banner supporting New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in front of the Palm Beach County Courthouse, where the case disposition hearing in the State vs. Robert Kraft is happening, April 12, 2019, Palm Beach, Fla.

Yet on Thursday, the New York Daily News first reported that TheBlast.com published an article saying that the newspaper’s reporters, along with “multiple media outlets” were contacted by an unidentified party trying to sell the footage of 77-year-old Kraft with a masseuse.

“In a blatant derogation of this Court’s Order, a (presently) unknown individual, or perhaps even a group of individuals, is now attempting to sell, to the highest bidder, the materials subject to this Court’s order,” wrote Kudman in the motion along with Kathleen S. Phang, who represents the spa’s manager, Lei Wang. “Obviously, this information creates yet another emergency necessitating immediate judicial intervention.”

Kudman and Phang are further requesting the judge to have the police and prosecutors pay for their fees and costs for prosecuting their motion.

Rossi Lorathio Adams II faces 20 years in prison for planning a home invasion.

A social media influencer from Iowa is facing 20 years in prison for planning a violent home invasion to hijack an internet domain name for his company.

Rossi Lorathio Adams II, 26, was convicted of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by force, threats and violence on Thursday, according to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Iowa.

According to the statement, Adams founded the social media company “State Snaps” and at one point had more than a million followers on his social media sites. These sites mostly contained images and videos of young adults engaged in crude behavior, drunkenness and nudity. Adams’ followers often used the slogan: “Do It For State!”

When Adams tried to purchase an internet domain named after the slogan — “doitforstate.com” — he discovered that it belonged to a Cedar Rapids resident who had registered it on GoDaddy.com, the statement said. When the owner rejected Adams repeated offers to buy the domain between 2015 and 2017, Adams became aggressive, in one instance threatening one of the domain owner’s friends with “gun emojis” after the friend used the domain to promote concerts, according to the statement.

A silhouette of a hacker is pictured in this undated stock photo.(STOCK PHOTO/Getty Images) A silhouette of a hacker is pictured in this undated stock photo.

When that didn’t convince the domain owner to sell the website, Adams enlisted his cousin, Sherman Hopkins, Jr., to help. On June 21, 2017, Adams and Hopkins drove to the domain owner’s home. Adams then gave his cousin a note containing instructions for the domain owner to transfer the domain name to Adams’ GoDaddy account, the statement said. Hopkins, a convicted felon who lived in a homeless shelter at the time, then broke into the home and forced the domain owner at gunpoint to transfer ownership of the domain to Adams.

Hopkins then pistol whipped the victim in the head multiple times, according to the statement. The victim managed to gain control of the gun, but during the struggle, he was shot in the leg. The victim shot Hopkins multiple times in the chest before calling the police, the statement said.

Hopkins was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in June 2018.

Adams was taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the verdict was returned and will remain in custody pending sentencing. In addition to a possible 20 years in prison, Adams faces a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The regular opponent of the president was critical of the Mueller reports news.

Sen. Mitt Romney, a regular sparring partner of President Donald Trump, came out as strongly as any Republican against the president’s actions highlighted in the Mueller report on Friday.

“I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President,” Romney, Utah’s junior senator, said in a release. “I am also appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia — including information that had been illegally obtained; that none of them acted to inform American law enforcement; and that the campaign chairman was actively promoting Russian interests in Ukraine.”

A redacted version of the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, and any involvement by the Trump campaign, was released on Thursday morning.

The report highlighted instances in which Trump tried to fire Mueller, including asking White House counsel Don McGahn to do so. He did not, and the report states the administration then tried to cover the request up.

Romney’s statement referred to Trump’s infamous July 2016 press conference inviting the Russians to find Hillary Clinton’s emails, after which future National Security Adviser Michael Flynn contacted multiple people about finding the “missing” Clinton emails from her personal server, according to the report. Romney also referred to campaign chairman Paul Manafort in his statement, who met with representatives from Ukraine and has since been sentenced to four years jail time.

In this Tuesday, June 26, 2018 file photo, Mitt Romney, former GOP presidential nominee, addresses supporters at during an election night party in Orem, Utah.(AP) In this Tuesday, June 26, 2018 file photo, Mitt Romney, former GOP presidential nominee, addresses supporters at during an election night party in Orem, Utah.

Very few Republicans have spoken out against the revelations in the Mueller report. Trump himself repeatedly declared he was absolved of all accusations in the “witch hunt,” even though the report did not exonerate him of obstruction. Attorney General William Barr instead declared the information in the report did not rise to the level of criminal prosecution.

“I think he has every right to feel good about what we’ve heard today,” McConnell told reporters Thursday, referring to Trump.

Romney’s relationship with the president has see-sawed between open criticism and reluctant support.

Trump supported Romney during his midterm election bid for senator. But the former presidential candidate, who Trump has called a “stiff” and “choke artist” in the past, followed his election victory with a scathing column in The Washington Post in January.

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney waves after speaking about the tech sector during an industry conference, in Salt Lake City, Jan. 19, 2018.(Rick Bowmer/AP, FILE) Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney waves after speaking about the tech sector during an industry conference, in Salt Lake City, Jan. 19, 2018.

Romney wrote, “His conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions this month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office. A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect.”

Trump responded on Twitter, at the time, saying, “Would much prefer that Mitt focus on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful. I won big, and he didn’t.”

Romney finished his statement Friday with a call to return to principles the country was built on.

“Reading the report is a sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders,” he said.

How Effective Are School Lockdown Drills?

Jaclyn Schildkraut, associate professor of Criminal Justice at SUNY Oswego, leads a lockdown drill at Ed Smith Elementary School in Syracuse, N.Y., last month.

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Jaclyn Schildkraut, associate professor of Criminal Justice at SUNY Oswego, leads a lockdown drill at Ed Smith Elementary School in Syracuse, N.Y., last month.

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On the morning of her 16th birthday, in her AP music class, Megan Storm thought she was going to die.

The sophomore at Lake Brantley High School in suburban Orlando, Fla., said she heard an announcement over the intercom that the school was in a code red lockdown — it was a drill, but Storm said students were not told that. She and her classmates hid in the dark, behind an instrument locker.

“It was just really quiet. And we all sort of huddled together,” Storm said.

In the 20 years since the Columbine High School shooting in April 1999, a generation of American children have learned not just how to prepare for a fire or tornado or earthquake — but also how to hide from a potential shooter. Some drills are sedate, where teachers lock doors, turn out lights and tell kids to hide in a corner. Others are hyper-realistic, with plastic pellets and fake blood.

Locks, lights, out of sight

There’s little academic, peer-reviewed research that can answer a big question for school administrators: What types of school security systems, including these drills, actually work?

At Lake Brantley High, Megan and her classmates heard loud noises that sounded like gunshots and door knocks. Other students were crying and texting their family and friends.

“I wish I had brought my phone,” she said. “I thought I was going to die.”

And then, a second announcement: The lockdown was just a drill. The loud noises turned out to be nearby construction crews. Megan resumed classes and went home at the end of the day. She then “got off the bus and just immediately broke down,” said Megan’s father, David Storm.

He and other parents were highly critical of school officials after that botched drill in December 2018. In response, district officials said future drills would be announced before they actually start.

Helping schools make informed choices

It’s generally up to state or local governments to decide how, or if, to drill their students. But they have little hard data to base their decision on.

“Research on security measures is in a very sad state,” said Jeremy Finn, a professor of education at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Just a three-hour drive east from Finn’s office in western New York, a researcher is trying to change that. Jaclyn Schildkraut, an associate professor of criminal justice at the State University of New York at Oswego, is helping the Syracuse City School District implement lockdown drills, and collecting data on how effective they are.

She decided to tackle the question, in part, because of the lack of research into school security overall. The relative rarity of school shootings makes it difficult work, and Finn added that it’s difficult to measure a security program’s effect on a negative — a shooting that didn’t happen. Schildkraut also said that too many schools have gravitated toward unproven yet tangible measures, like metal detectors and bulletproof backpacks.

“As a nation, we’re throwing a lot of money at problems and we don’t know if those things are going to work,” she said. “But they make us feel better because we can see them.”

Lockdowns, when well executed, can slow a gunman

If lights go out and doors are locked, Schildkraut said, the perpetrator will have fewer opportunities to kill students before police arrive.

So since last fall, Schildkraut and a team of undergraduate assistants have run drills at some 30 schools in Syracuse. They arrive, unannounced, at a school and ask the principal to read an announcement to inform students that a lockdown drill is about to start. Then Schildkraut’s team fans out and checks every classroom in the school.

“We look at the proportion of the rooms that are secured properly, the proportion that have their door locked, the proportion that have their lights off, etcetera,” she said.

Schildkraut keeps data for every classroom and then drills the same school again months later to check for improvements. She also surveyed more than 10,000 Syracuse students on how safe they feel at school, both before and after the drills.

She hopes to present some of her findings at the upcoming American Society of Criminology conference. Eventually, she’ll submit it to peer-reviewed journals. It would then be accessible to any school district in the country trying to make the tough decision of how to keep their students safe.

Schildkraut is understanding of parents who worry about lockdown drills and said they are clear examples of them getting out of hand. But she said they are as necessary now as fire drills, or duck-and-cover nuclear bomb drills 50 years ago.

“You have to give kids tools to keep themselves safe,” she said.

Her own motivations are deeply personal. Schildkraut grew up near Parkland, Fla., and her brother went to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which experienced a deadly shooting last year. The Virginia Tech massacre in 2007 pushed her to get back into school and pursue criminology. She has a newly published book about Columbine’s legacy.

“While I may only be one person, I really believe that I can make a difference,” she said. “And if it takes tough love, or it takes teaching moments, or it takes coming down on administrators, or whatever needs to be done, like they have to understand the seriousness of this. That ‘not one more’ really means, ‘not one more.’ And maybe that doesn’t mean not one more to everybody, but it does to me.”

Jahira Edwards, a sophomore at Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central, has been through a handful of Schildkraut’s drills. For one of them, she said she was momentarily confused as to whether it was just a drill. Then she figured it out.

“I knew it was a drill because somebody knocked at the door, and like everybody was scared. I’m like, ‘No, if he actually wanted to shoot us, he would come in, not just knock at the door.’ So I was like, ‘It’s a drill,'” she said.

Edwards is the type of prepared student Schildkraut wants. All the drills have had another impact on Edwards: They make her think about how vulnerable she is at school.

“I try not to think, ‘Oh, it couldn’t happen at my school,'” she said. “But I know it could.”