Megan Puettmann was in the classroom on Thursday, November 14, morning, when she overheard the faint sound of gunshots.
Students and teachers were confused as the moments transpired without any communications over the loudspeaker at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California.
Later they overheard more gunshots and even cries, she said. Confusion and fear started to set in.
“We could hear kids crying,” Megan Puettmann, 17-year-old, who is the editor-in-chief of the school yearbook, told the sources on a phone interview Thursday.
The school was put on lockdown, and the students in Megan’s classroom began obstructing the entrance with desks and seats. Next, they remained silent in the dark classroom for what seemed like forever, Megan said, until police officers arrived and evacuations commenced.
“It’s just scary because I didn’t know if my colleagues were OK,” Megan told the sources. “We weren’t perceiving updates … We didn’t acknowledge anything for an hour and a half.“
A Sixteen-year-old student had brought a gun from his backpack and started firing in the quad of Saugus High School. He shot at 5 of his classmates, annihilating at least 2, before drawing the gun to his head and pulling the trigger, according to the L.A.C.S.D.
The gunfire lasted about sixteen seconds, police officials said.
The alleged killer, named by officials as Nathaniel Tennosuke Berhow, 16-year-old, died on Friday. He was hospitalized with a self-inflicted gunshot injury to his cranium.
“Right now, our family is in prayer for our daughter who is currently being administered for wounds she sustained during Thursday’s gunfire at Saugus High School,” the family, who requested not to be classified by their last name, spoke.
Megan Puettmann stated she wants pages of the forthcoming school yearbook to be in remembrance of their murdered classmates. The editor-in-chief said she was earlier thinking to devote a section of the yearbook to the national issue of gun brutality in schools, but now desires to do something besides in-depth that “expand awareness and encourage students somehow.”
Nearly seventy shooting events at schools across the nation this year solely, and further than 400 in the last decade, as per the data obtained by the Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
“Our entire community is changed forever,” Megan Puettmann stated to the sources, adding “and it’s not going to be OK.”