Three deer smashed through locked doors to enter Loudoun Valley High School this morning.

The deer got spooked near North Maple Avenue in Purcellville and ran through two sets of exterior glass doors to enter the high school’s tech-ed hallway, according to school system spokesman Wayde Byard.

“One of the doors looks like a large cannon ball went through it,” Byard said.

The deer crashed through two more interior doors, made their way down a hallway and into a courtyard at the western end of the school. They damaged five doors and several windows, and all three of the deer were badly injured in the process.

One deer died of its injuries and two had to be taken down by Loudoun County Animal Control officers because they were so badly injured, Byard said.

The western end of the building was blocked off from students and staff who were in the building during the incident. A member of school staff said students and staff heard shots fired shortly after 8 a.m.

School started on time and the courtyard is being cleaned up this morning.

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