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Choir teacher saves injured teen in a recent school shooting

November 26th, 2019

Sadly, school shootings have become a regular component of news and current affairs. One tragic incident is followed shortly by another, with victims ranging from kindergartners to teenagers, while confused adults or teenagers are often the ones behind the trigger. Just recently, another terrible episode took place in Santa Clarita, California. Two students were killed and three ended up with injuries after a sixteen-year-old named Nathaniel Tennosuke Berhow opened fire in their high school last Thursday.

Apparently, the gunman carried out the horrifying deed on his birthday. It was around 7:30 AM when he reportedly brought out a pistol from his backpack and proceeded to unload the entire magazine, firing at random. According to the authorities, it was a planned attack but the motive remains unclear. However, neighbors claim the teen was still mourning the death of his father while students say he was pretty antisocial.

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He shot five classmates and himself. 15-year-old Gracie Anne Muehlberger and 14-year-old Dominic Blackwell died from the attack, while three of the injured teenagers are said to be recovering. A 14-year-old boy has already been discharged from the hospital, while a 15-year-old with a bullet lodged in her hip is recovering well.

One of the victims who survived, identified as Addison, is presently recovering from wounds on her abdomen and shoulder. The teen shares how her choir teacher, Kaitlin Holt, promptly administered first aid and saved her. In an interview with Good Morning America on Friday, Kaitlin Holt shared how she handled the situation. In the midst of the panic that seized all the students and teachers, the choir teacher managed to block the entrance to her classroom with a piano but she didn’t hesitate to let Addison in when students brought her over. Holt did her best to administer first aid and promptly called 911.

“I’m not typically a calm person,” shared the teacher, “but in that situation, for my students, I think that kind of kicks in. I should have never had to treat a gunshot wound as a choir teacher. And there’s something really wrong and something has to change, ’cause I held a bleeding child today in a room with 40 sobbing children.” She also recounts how bravely the injured teen handled herself, managing to joke around while the teacher tried to dress her wound and keep her responsive.

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The panic that spread across the campus caused students to send goodbye messages to their parents – text messages that no parent would ever want to receive in the duration of their lifetime. As students fled to safety, quick-thinking teachers did their best to remain calm while simultaneously hiding their students from the shooter. High school sophomore Micah Turner witnessed the attack firsthand. “He shot two people and I saw that happen. I just saw him fire one, two, three and then I knew, I was like I needed to get out of there.”

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Nathaniel Tennosuke Berhow reportedly died from injuries. Authorities say he acted alone and did not seem to target any specific students. “He wasn’t chasing anyone,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. “The victims appeared to be who was around him, available at the time.”

We wish the injured teens a speedy recovery. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the victims who lost their lives in the recent school shooting.

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Source: CafeMom

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