Colorado school shooting survivor said he’d ‘go down fighting.’ He’s 12.
Colorado Grade 6 Survivor: “I wanted to fight”
A 12-year-old boy who survived the MINT shootout explains in a heartbreaking interview how he intended to “sink”.
After the deaths of 20 freshmen and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School, it was easy to believe things could change. It would have been enough for our country and its legislators to lose so many innocent lives to preserve the lives of our children and their teachers in school, but it’s been over six years and unfortunately nothing has changed except the shooting in the growing number of deaths at school.
Perhaps listening directly to the report of a child who survived another school shootout could stir some people’s hearts – and make us understand what we are forcing our children to do, while the United States continues to make it clear that we have more weapons to enjoy as the lives of children and educators.
CNN’s Brooke Baldwin interviewed Nate Holley, a sixth grade student, after surviving the recent shootout of our country (the 15th shootout in 2019, which is not even halfway through) at STEM Highlands Ranch, in the Colorado. suffer from injuries. The 12-year-old boy told the story of what was happening in his classroom that day with his heartbreaking, childlike voice. If you are not a sobbing wreck after listening to it and you are ready to stomp and scream for something better for our children, do not pay attention.
Holley’s father, Steve, says he left the decision to join CNN to his son, who decided at the last minute to tell his own story. This freckled baby (I’m sorry, it’s the least serious) told what life was like after a school session. “It was incredibly scary,” he said. “At least half of the children in my class burst into tears when it happened.”
He tells a clearly agitated Baldwin that he has “sensitive ears”. When the shooter pulled through the door, he heard the shots. “I just froze a bit, then the siren went off and someone started making a joke and the teacher told them to shut up.” Holley says that at that time, his teacher had hidden the entire class behind his desk before putting them all in a closet.
“I had my hand on a metal baseball bat just in case,” he told Baldwin. “Because I wanted to go under, if I wanted to go under.”
“I wanted to fight if I wanted to go under.” 12 years. Are you already sick in the stomach?
Baldwin is stunned by what the boy has said and asks Holley’s father how to treat what his son has just told them. “I do not think you can handle that, I think we’ve been through so much in Colorado lately.” He is referring to a tweet he sent about the number of times he is preventing his kids from being locked out of school. had to pick up.
Today, my son’s school was shot down. He’s safe, but … I’m in a gym with hundreds of parents waiting to see their kids. This is the third time I have to get my boys to school because of a lock.
Thrice. This family has been played three times and it is only a school district.
The Holleys had to wait five hours before finding their children at the end of the shoot. Kendrick Castillo, just days after finishing his studies, was killed when he threw himself on the shooter. A little boy squeezed a baseball bat in a closet and promised to “sink” while his older colleague was doing it.
“Enough is enough,” says Steve. “We have to change something and we have to do something, otherwise we will continue to abandon our children.”