There were these kids on my lawn. They just kept exclaiming, “We can't go back. We can't go back to that school, because we don't have a teacher.”
He wakes up shouting and crying, the whole night not sleeping.
For 7 to 8 months, he was mentally sick.
I could see him through the crack of my desk. I could see him from the knees down. Then we went into my supply closet for about 3 and a half hours. We were so afraid to come out.
I don't think that any of us that were in there, feel that anybody needs to know graphically what occured in there. Emotionally, I think the world needs to know to understand it.
He doesn't know what to make of it all. I think he just knew that he lost his best friend, and in some way he didn't belong anymore.
God forbid it happens to anyone in your family. Because you’ll become the member of a club that no one wants to join; and until you’re in that club, you have no idea how long and bumpy the road is.
It's hard to believe you can go from being somebody’s baby, to being that, and how that journey can happen without anyone recognizing it.
You can't move past it. You can't sweep it under the rug. We have to honor the horror by paying a tribute to what happened, what people went through and what it was like for everyone.
I knew that in honor of all the teachers that died, I needed to do something. That was the first time that I realized this was bigger than my family, bigger than my town, bigger than my former elementary school. This was massive.
The fact that I kept her on the phone and kept her from going out the door...I don’t even want to think what would have happened if she walked out that door.
I had my pistol permit in Massachusetts. But, my God, does anyone know what it looks like to see a child filled with bullets.
The teachers, the staff, they put their trauma second and put the kids first. To me that is heroism.
And I said to myself that day, “I am not taking this one lying down.”
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