4:20 PM EST, March 1, 2012
An announcement over the loud speaker, the siren sounded and the severe weather drill at East Middle School in Brownsburg began Thursday. Students lined up and moved into the hallway. Matthew Thompson, 8th-grader, has done this before.
"You are just like, 'ah, let’s get this over with. Come on,'" said Thompson.
Every East Middle School student crouched on their knees, hands over their necks.
"So if something during a tornado were to fall on you, it would hit your hands, it would not damage your neck area," said Thompson.
"Indianapolis weather is kind of bi-polar, so you never know," added 8th-Grader Taliah Borom. "You might as well be prepared."
According to the Indiana Department of Education, every school must have a severe weather plan and they must have at least one tornado drill per semester.
"We are very much aware of the fact that we live in tornado alley," said Donna Petraits, Brownsburg Coordinator of Communications.
A total of 15 tornados blew through the Midwest Wednesday. They tore roofs off buildings, toppled trees and killed at least 12 people. It puts extra significance on the safety steps taken down East Middle School's hallways.
"A drill may not always be a drill," said Petraits. "You may think it is a drill and it could be the real thing, so we need to take things seriously."