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US Shooting: Terrified Children Hid In Closet
Gunshots, children hiding in a closet, sirens, shattered glass - and desperate parents trying to find out if their daughters and sons were alive.
Witnesses have described a horrific scene at a shooting spree at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, where at least 20 children were killed.
"I saw policemen - lots of policemen in the hallway with guns. The police took us out of the school," Vanessa Bajraliu, a nine-year-old fourth grader, told the local newspaper Hartford Courant.
"We were told to hold each others' hands and to close our eyes. We opened our eyes when we were outside."
Her 17-year-old brother, Mergim Bajraliu, heard the shots from his nearby home and then the sirens of police cars at the scene.
He rushed to the school, where he said he saw a badly injured girl being carried out, another one with blood on her face.
Some teachers put the students in a closet until police officers told them it was safe to leave the building, US news reports said.
Other children were told by policemen to run away from their classroom and keep going until they reached a firehouse nearby.
"I heard gunshots; I was under a desk with three or four other people," Luie Munguia, an eight-year-old third-grader, was quoted as saying in the reports.
One teacher locked the door and told the students to stand in the corner, said parent Richard Wilford, whose son Richie heard the gunshots and recounted the scene to his father.
Terrified students were crying and holding hands as their teachers escorted them away from the school.
Melissa Makris said her 10-year-old son, Philip, saw what looked like a body under a blanket as he fled the school.
As news of the shooting broke out, parents rushed to the school.
They were in anguish over the fate of their children, some frantically speaking on their mobile phones, others weeping.
"What does a parent think about coming to a school where there's a shooting? It's the most terrifying moment of a parent's life ? you have no idea," said Mr Wilford.
Parents whose children emerged from the school unharmed cried and hugged them.
Residents of Newtown, a small quiet town, were in shock, as police and federal officials surrounded the school and sirens rang out in the chilly day.
what do you think?
How many more innocent children and adults must lose their lives before America changes its crazy gun laws!!
Sharon Ridgeway Ahmadi
So sad :-( xx
Terrifying for them.the americans surely should look at their gun culture again.but the gun lobby will be against any new laws restricting firearms but these peaple are from the hunting league .bloodthirsty themselves.then theres the many shooting schools who will be against any new laws for loss of revenue.but what culture teaches pupils to shoot a gun, take a gun apart put it back together again, polish it.and learn to shoot at a target all day.your basically being taught how to kill, only the army need to do this.im sorry the americans cant be surprised when a madman runs amok like this.they bring it upon themselves.
And to add to my earlier comment.when i text my other half about this news her reply was, "what again" .this has been the general reaction by everyone, doesnt that say something?.
Obama is all talk. He won't do anything meaningful in light of this tragedy. No President will. The gun lobby are all too powerful. My thoughts are for the people affected. Just so sad.
Yeah peaple in the uk dont realise how powerful the gun lobby is in america..theres only one word to say them though.TOUGH.!!
James R McCulloch
Of America and its Constitution I can only say this, If you want to live and enjoy the benefits that the country gives you then accept that there will be things like this happening. No amount of lobbying congress, law changes or gun controls will stop these tragedies happening.
Its so sad that so many children have lost their lives to a nut case - make it harder to get weapons to prevent these tragedies