UVALDE, Texas – A fourth-grader at Robb Elementary shared her story of survival on the day that modified her life and so many others without end after a gunman killed 19 college students and two lecturers final month.
“Is it hard to remember everything that happened that day?” KSAT reporter Leigh Waldman requested fourth-grader Auraleigha Santos, 10.
“Yeah, because I don’t want to, like, remember what happened, so I’ll try to forget it,” Auraleigha Santos mentioned.
Her voice spoken barely above a whisper, however her power is roaring like a lion.
“Everyone was crying, so I was trying to calm down my friends,” Auraleigha mentioned.
Auraleigha was on the playground for an early recess on May 24. She mentioned it had been a enjoyable day in Ms. Martinez’s class till the day took a pointy flip.
“We started running inside. Everyone was screaming and crying, and apparently, the shooter, where he crashed, he shot at us first,” Auraleigha mentioned.
She and her classmates obtained inside a classroom, and the lockdown sirens had been blaring. An unmistakable sound lower by the partitions.
“We heard like two bangs,” the fourth-grader mentioned.
Auraleigha mentioned her class knew what to do at that second. Their lockdown drills taught them to remain quiet and out of sight.
An officer’s hand appeared on the window, and he informed them it was time to evacuate. They later took a brief bus trip to the civic heart.
“There was a bunch of third and second-grade classes at the civic center, and there was only two fourth-grade classes,” Auraleigha mentioned.
That night time she realized with the remainder of the world that 19 of her classmates and two lecturers had been lifeless, together with her greatest good friend, Amerie Jo Garza.
“I went to Amerie’s viewing, and her casket was closed, so I know something bad must have happened,” Auraleigha mentioned.
She has been getting care on the resiliency heart. They’re serving to her course of what she went by and what she’s feeling now, together with her anger.
“Kids were calling out to them, and the cops didn’t do anything. They were right there. They didn’t stop him. They let him,” Auraleigha mentioned.
She’s not afraid to go to high school subsequent year as a result of she doesn’t assume this may occur once more.
“Even if they can’t, I will still try to live to my fullest,” Auraleigha mentioned.
Auraleigha wrote about her buddies that had been killed, wanting them to be remembered for the way they had been and never how they died:
“Naveah Bravo was a really pretty girl and she was also really fast, a really fast runner. And then Jacklyn Cazares was always a really happy person and liked hanging out with all of her friends. And then McKenna Elrod, she liked the colors pink and blue, and she liked playing with the fidgets. And Ellie Garcia, she liked doing TikTok dances, and she was just a really fun person. She was actually in my second-grade class, and there was this winter dance and her dad was the DJ. And we were just laughing the whole time and dancing. And then Uziyah Garcia, he was really fast and literally half the school liked him, even if they were third graders. And then Eliahana Torres, she was a really beautiful girl and she was really outgoing, and she just liked hanging around with all her friends, as well. And Jacklyn and Eliahana, they were friends. And, Amerie, she was my best friend. She was a beautiful and amazing person. She was really smart and really funny.”
Auraleigha doesn’t need Robb Elementary to be torn down. She says she has completely happy recollections there, however she additionally says she’s going to perceive if that does occur.
Officials have mentioned college students and employees is not going to be returning to the campus.
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