Latina Student Shares Horrifying Audio Recording Of Her Experience During Yesterday’s Shooting
Lillian Duarte is 15 years old and in the five years that she has been a student at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado she has taken part in almost 50 active shooter drills. Still, nothing could have prepared her for the worst of what happened yesterday when two shooters began to attack her school.
In a recent interview, the student shared pictures of the texts between her friends and family as well as audio of her experiencing listening to the shooting.
On Tuesday, May 7, two students entered the campus of STEM School Highlands Ranch, a charter school, around 2 pm and proceeded to attack students and teachers with guns.
Duarte who was in a math class at the time with 35 of her classmates heard a lockdown announcement over school speakers.
Duarte says that she, her teacher and peers initially experienced confusion when the announcement came on.
“The teacher paused for a second,” Duarte told Buzzfeed in an interview. “She wasn’t sure whether to lock the door or not. Everyone thought it was a drill at the time.”
Duarte says that initially she and her fellow students sat waiting in the classroom with the lights on to see what was happening.
It wasn’t until Duarte received a series of messages from her friends in a group chat that she realized something was wrong. The drill was real.
“Whoever’s doing it was in the room next to me,” one of her friends texted her in the group chat. “He yelled I have a gun.”
Duarte says that she showed the text messages to her teacher who then turned off all of the lights and moved the class to the back of the room as far away from the door as possible.
“Attention, please. Lockdown. Block lights. Out of sight,” is the automated announcement that blared on the speakers across the school repeatedly while Duarte and her classmates waited 20 minutes in the black of their classroom for police to rescue them.