• Mon, Dec 17 2012

There Is A 6-Year-Old Survivor From The Connecticut Shooting & She ‘Played Dead’ Among Her Murdered Classmates

shutterstock_56280433Among the stories of insurmountable bravery coming out the Connecticut shootings are that of children, some of whom waited for friends or boasted karate skills during the horrendous moments following the gunfire. Among them now is the reported only survivor from a class of 16 that was senselessly murdered by Adam Lanza. And she’s only six years old.

The little girl’s mother is reportedly being counseled by a local pastor. He describes the mother as suffering from “survivor’s guilt” in the wake of the tragedy given that all the other parents of her daughter’s class lost their children.

The surviving child is reported as being the first student to run out of the school, a horrific sight that was described by the pastor as the following:

She ran out of the school building covered in blood from head to toe and the first words she said to her mom when she got outside was, mommy, I’m okay, but all my friends are dead. Somehow in that moment god’s grace was able to act as if she was already — was she the only one in that class that survived…. she saw someone who she felt was angry and somebody who she felt was very mad… I think it’s impossible outside of divine intervention. She has wisdom beyond her years.

A 6-year-old girl somehow being able to comprehend such violence, and then possess the proper understanding to “play dead” among her classmates, suggests “wisdom” and then some.

(photo: carl ballou/ Shutterstock)

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  • http://www.sarahcooksthebooks.com/ Sarah

    I wish people would stop bringing God into this. Where was he when that maniac was shooting up people who hadn’t even reached double digits in their ages?

    • Common Sense

      Sarah, people are entitled to believe in whatever they desire and state said beliefs. If it gives the author, parents or others comfort who are you to judge? Pretty rude to focus on religion in light of the story.

    • Justme

      God never said that life on Earth would be perfect and without pain, heartbreak and tragedy.

    • http://twitter.com/kdwald Kristin Wald

      I think that people should use whatever tools they can find to get through grief and horrors. But what bothers me about the pastor’s comment (which I believe he meant as comforting) is that it implies that the other children didn’t have divine intervention or god’s grace to help them through.

    • LiteBrite

      It’s hard to imagine a benevolent God when something like this happens, so I do understand what you’re saying. However, at a time like this, sometimes turning to God is all someone can do to bring them comfort.

      By the way, I’ve considered myself firmly Agnostic for some time now, but last night I prayed, for probably the first time in 15 years. I have to say I felt a little better for doing so.

  • mm

    That’s tragic. That poor little girl watched all her friends murdered. I sincerely hope she gets some amazing counseling, although absolutely nothing will ever erase that memory I’m sure.

  • jessica

    That is amazing. I couldn’t stop thinking about those kids and their families the entire weekend. In particular, I was bothered by the fact that those kids must have been so scared and helpless. My niece just turned 5 and is in Kindergarten and I can’t stop thinking about how she would have reacted if the same had happened at her school. Knowing her so well, I’m sure she would have just frozen in place and wouldn’t have even thought to play dead, hide, or try to run. Knowing this is so terrifying to me. I’m glad this one little girl got out okay and I’m so, so, so unbelievably sorry for all of those who didn’t. And for their families.

    • LiteBrite

      I can’t stop thinking of them either, Jessica. My son isn’t much younger than these children (he just turned 5), and I know he wouldn’t have had the bravery or foresight this little girl did. I’m sure those kids were terrified, and that is what drives me to tears.

  • Blueathena623

    I sincerely hope that little girl gets some counseling fast, and for a long time.

  • katydid0605

    brought tears to my eyes, my little boy is the age of these children and i just can not even fathom this