Nate Holley, a Colorado sixth-grader at STEM School Highlands Ranch, spoke to CNN about his experience inside the school after a gunman opened fire on his classmates and faculty, killing one student and injuring eight others.
“It was really chaotic,” he said, recalling the moment he froze when gunshots shattered a window. “Most of the kids didn’t know what to do.”
Holley nearly brought CNN news anchor Brooke Baldwin when he said he was preparing to go down “fighting” the shooter with a metal baseball bat.
“I had my hand on a metal baseball bat just in case,” he said. “‘Cause I was gonna go down fighting if I was gonna go down.”
12-year-old Nate Holley tells CNN's Brooke Baldwin that he hid in a closet during the violence at STEM School Highlands Ranch and had been prepared to fight off the shooter with a baseball bat
"I was going to go down fighting, if I was going to go down." pic.twitter.com/1XQ8uiVyEB
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) May 8, 2019
Baldwin spoke to Holley after the interview wrapped and shared that he told her “Someone who survives this is a WARRIOR.”
— Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBCNN) May 8, 2019
A segment of Baldwin’s show incorporated news footage from the scenes of previous school shootings and noted that the Highlands Ranch shooting, which took place just “seven miles from Columbine High School.” There have been 35 school shootings since fall 2018.
➞35 school shootings since the school year began, it's not over yet.
➞Another child is dead in America in their own school, where they go to learn.
➞When will you say enough and help protect our children.
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) May 8, 2019
Holley’s interview disturbed observers who have called for the United States to adopt comprehensive gun reform.
"I was hiding in the corner and they were right outside the door. I had my hand on the metal baseball bat just in case cause I was gonna go down fighting."
Nate Holley is a 6th grader at STEM School Highlands Ranch in CO.
I hate that kids have to think like this these days. pic.twitter.com/OZwyspIis0
— Matthew Touchette (@matt_touchette) May 8, 2019
“I had my hands on a metal baseball bat just in case cuz I was gonna go down fighting if i was gonna go down”: Nate Holley, 12 yrs old. We failed Nate, his schoolmates and all the victims & survivors of school shootings-just as we will have failed the kids who are next to die pic.twitter.com/hukupISg6a
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) May 8, 2019
THIS FACE … 6th grader Nate Holley said he was going to 'go down fighting' as he grabbed a bat at STEM school Tuesday …………….. what are we DOING to these children? Don't pretend to love children if you're not prepared to DO something about guns. #longoverdue pic.twitter.com/LgNalgy3Of
— Marcia Ferguson (@Marcia_Ferguson) May 9, 2019
“I was going to go down fighting if I was going to go down.” 12 year old Nate Holley. Survivor of our latest national tragedy. Is this what we’ve become? A nation that relies on our children to lay down their lives for one another as we do nothing? Not ok. https://t.co/pY02iIihP8
— Amanda Dickerson (@doctordickerson) May 9, 2019
This is a totally normal headline because we live in Hell. pic.twitter.com/3GAHW762sk
— Evan DeSimone (@Smorgasboredom) May 9, 2019
The shooting comes one week after a man shot six people, killing two, on the last day of spring classes at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Footage of an Iowa middle school student crying while asking Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke how he plans to address gun violence and stop school shootings went viral earlier this week.
“Shootings, in general, are bloodthirsty attacks perpetrated to instill fear and harm innocent people,” said the student, identified as Milan Underberg.
“Ever since Columbine and Sandy Hook, school shootings have become regular occurrences in the news,” she continued. “Society is becoming numb to children being slaughtered. Victims and survivors aren’t just numbers. They are human beings… I’m afraid that one day I’ll go to school and I’ll never come out.”
Milan asked what we are going to do to combat gun violence so no student has to fear a school shooting happening in Berg Middle School, in Newton, in Iowa, and in classrooms across America. Here's our response: pic.twitter.com/vqBOnTre21
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) May 6, 2019
According to a study conducted by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) that analyzed around 200 active shooting incidents in America, active shooters who use semi-automatic rifles will double their chances of wounding and killing victims, in comparison to another type of gun.