Students describe fleeing scene of shooting at West Liberty High School


Students at West Liberty High School said at around 7:40 a.m. Friday they heard a loud noise.

"A loud bang. It sounded almost like a board dropping on the ground or something so I didn't really think anything about it at first," said freshman Ray Barik.

Senior Ashley Rabenstein, heard it too.

"We heard a loud noise go off but it was a little deceiving because with all the construction going on lately it's been pretty loud at school. My teacher went and looked out in the hallway to see what was going on and he ran back inside and slammed the door shut and was like, I think there's a shooter," Rabenstein said.

The Champaign County Sheriff's office said a 17-year old high school student armed with a shotgun shot one student at West Liberty High School before the gunman was confronted and taken down by school staff.

Both students said classmates opened windows and smashed out screens so students could run to safety.

"I was the last student out of my classroom and the last thing I saw was my teacher barricading the door so no one could get in," Rabenstein said.

Parents who gathered a nearby park to wait for school buses to deliver their children said they spotted high school students walking around in socks because they lost their shoes in muddy cornfields as they ran for safety.

Students said at a high school where no one bothers to put a lock on their locker and nothing ever gets stolen they can't believe a shooting happened at West Liberty.

"I definitely never thought it would happen," Barik said.