Santa Fe HS student talks about surviving Friday's shooting

"We didn't know who to trust, who had the gun"

Paul and Jordana
May 20, 2018 - 11:30 am

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A 10th-grade student who survived Friday's shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas said she was still shaking when she appeared hours later on WCCO radio.

"I'm sitting here, still scared, still shaken up a little bit," Dakota Schrader told WCCO's Paul Douglas and Jordana Green.

She also believes gun control is not the answer to the increasing number of shooting incidents inside American school buildings.

"Maybe (background checks) should get more stricter, I don't think guns should be taken away," she said. "I do think that our school should provide more security, and we should have more protocols and procedures to prevent stuff like this."

Dakota said she and others thought they were going through a drill when fire alarms started ringing on Friday morning. That all changed when she heard gunshots inside the building

"We all hear, boom, boom, boom," she said. "Everyone's running, scattering everywhere. We didn't know who to trust, who had the gun. So we just ran to the woods. My body just instantly did what I had to do, run, hide, and take shelter, and call my mom."

Dakota said she does not know the accused shooter, Dmitrios Pagourtzis, who remains in custody after ten people died in the attack.

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