'Mommy, I'm okay, but all my friends are dead'

Published: 18 December, 2012 07:30 IST | Agencies |

A six-year-old girl recounts how she survived the Sandy Hook school massacre after she played dead while all her friends in the classroom fell to gunman Adam Lanza's spray of bullets

One incredibly brave little girl is the only survivor of her first grade class because she played dead while her friends were killed around her by gunman Adam Lanza.

The unnamed girl’s story was revealed after her mother attended grief counselling with a local pastor Jim Solomon. The unnamed girl (6), waited until she believed it was safe hiding among the corpses, then ran from the building covered with blood from head to toe.

Fallen angels: Art teacher Eric Mueller sets up 27 angel wood cut-outs in memory of the victims of the school massacre committed by Adam Lanza (right). Pic/AFP

She was the first student to run out of the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The other 15 members of her class were all killed last Friday when Adam Lanza shot at them.

When she finally reached her mother, she told her: “Mommy, I’m okay, but all my friends are dead.” Lanza murdered 20 children as he shot his way through the school after murdering his mother earlier that morning.

“What did she see in there?” Solomon asked. “Well, she saw someone who she felt was angry and somebody who she felt was mad. How at 6 1/2 years old can you be that smart, that brave? I think it’s impossible outside of divine intervention. She has wisdom beyond her years.”

Solomon said the girl’s family is doing ‘as well as you can expect them to do’ and while they are relieved to have their daughter home they feel some survivor’s guilt because many of their friends lost children.

Meanwhile, students across America began school yesterday following the massacre. Teachers and students were confronting the issue of safety and security in the classroom. “It’s very important that we address their concerns [about safety],” said teacher Lauren Marrocco of New Jersey.

Near Newtown, one teacher’s weekend homework for students was simple: Go home and hug your loved ones. In California, another educator wrote, “I’ll be locking my [classroom] door this week to make my students feel safer.”  

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