Sixth Grader Wants to ‘Go Down Fighting’
Tuesday there was another school shooting in Denver, Colorado at the STEM School Highlands Ranch.
Two people who opened fire inside two of the classrooms were believed to be students at the school.
One brave young student was interviewed on CNN who told the chilling story of what happened inside the school on that horrible day.
Sixth-grader and 12-year-old Nate Holley told Brooke Baldwin from CNN, “It was really chaotic.
Most of the kids didn’t know what to do. I froze as gunshots shattered a window. A siren rang, and someone in his classroom cracked a joke.
The teacher shushed the student and moved them behind a desk and then to the closet.
I had my hand on a metal baseball bat just in case, cause I was gonna go down fighting if I was gonna go down.”
Out of two classrooms, eight students were shot, and one was killed in the gunfire.
The eight students were all listed in critical condition and taken to the local hospital.
The youngest reported who was shot was 15 years old.
Kendrick Castillo was a senior who was going to graduate in a few days was the student killed in the incident.
He went down as a hero trying to stop one of the gunmen as he threw himself at one of the shooters.
Added grief and gratitude struck the community as it also marks the 20th anniversary of the Columbine shooting.
Columbine High School also was threatened with shootings a few weeks ago, and all the schools in the area were on lock-down, but thankfully it was a false alarm.
Everyone in the neighborhood was thankful the students fought back to lessen the massacre, and it could have very well saved more lives.
Everyone was thankful there were no more victims but saddened by the loss and those injured.
It is a sad situation when children have to be reminded of what it is like going to school and not knowing if they will be shot or killed on any given day.
Steve Holley, Nate’s father, told how it was the third time he had to pick up his son in this situation, but he has never picked him up in the situation like this week where his son was a witness to such a horrible tragedy.
Mr. Holley tweeted as the experience unfolded once he knew his son was alright, “Grade 5 was just called.
The police are handing out ‘reunification forms’ we need to fill out. Then we’ll all go to another room with all the 6th-grade kids and parents to get our kids.”
His second tweet came as a bit later, “My wife and I – and most everyone here – are holding it together. Once they call 6th grade I’ll probably lose it, then I’ll probably, no, I’ll absolutely lose it again when I see my son.”
Holley continued to express his concerns, “This community, in Colorado, we’ve been through so much recently. Enough is enough. We need to make a change, and we need to do something, or else we’re just going to continue failing our kids.”
Nate had made a phone call to his dad letting him know they were safe.
Parents waited for a reunion with their children as they had to fill out forms.
Holley said he waited for almost five hours.
When the time came for wanting them to talk on the air, they asked if Mr. Holley minded if Nate spoke.
He left the decision up to his son, and Nate agreed to speak.
Nate’s dad said, “I do feel it’s important to hear not only from the adults but to hear from the kids.”
Authorities stated only handguns were used and everything is still under investigation at this time.
The suspects were not injured and taken into custody.
One was a juvenile transgender, and the other was an adult 18 years old.
Sheriff Tony Spurlock stated, “This is a terrible event.
This is something that no one wants to have happened in their community.”
Spurlock continued, “The first sheriff’s deputies arrived within two minutes and engaged the suspects.
The officers did struggle with the suspects to take them into custody.
We do know that we do not have any other suspects. We have all the people that are involved.”
The school did have private security, but it is unknown what happened with them on that day.
There was no assigned officer at the school.