When an 11-year-old student at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, saw her friend get fatally sho’t in front of her inside their fourth-grade class Tuesday, she went into what her aunt called “survivor mode” and smeared the other girl’s bloo’d on her body to convince the gu’nman that she, too, was dead.
“My sister-in-law said is that she saw her friend full of bloo’d, and she got bloo’d and put it on herself,” Blanca Rivera told station KPRC of her niece, Miah Cerrillo.
Before playing dead, the quick-thinking girl also managed to grab her dead teacher’s phone and call 911 for help. Miah survived one of the worst mass school shoo’tings in US history, but her family says the harro’wing ordeal has left her traum’atized.
Rivera, the girl’s aunt, said at around midnight on the night of the shoo’ting, she got a call from Miah’s mom, saying that the fourth-grader was having a “panic atta’ck.”
The massa’cre claimed the lives of 19 students and their two teachers, Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia. Several others were injured, among them Miah, who was left with multiple bu’llet fragm’ents in her back.
Law enforcement eventually sho’t and ki’lled the suspected gu’nman, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, who had barric’aded himself inside the classroom and spent 40 minutes executing children and adults as desperate parents standing outside the school begged cops at the scene to go inside.
Miguel Cerrillo, Miah’s father, told the Washington Post that when he learned of the active shoo’ter situation, he raced to Robb Elementary School and got there just in time to see a police officer carr’ying his bloo’died daughter out of the building.
The girl, whose left side was covered in lacerations, and whose hair was singed by gu’nfire, was loaded onto a school bus, but her dad was prevented from joining her.
Instead, Cerrillo said, they talked through a window about what Miah had witnessed inside the classroom.
The fourth-grader told her dad that she saw her teacher Eva Mireles get sho’t as she was holding her phone, Cerrillo recounted. Miah grabbed Mireles’ phone and used it to dial 911.
The gu’nman then sho’t Miah’s friend, and she decided to play dead by lying on top of the mortally wou’nded girl, who was blee’ding profusely.
Cerrillo said his daughter told him that initially, the wounded classmate was still breathing, but she later succum’bed to her injur’ies.
After being rescued from the building by police, Miah was treated at a local hospital and released.
According to her father and aunt, Miah spent the night in a state of panic, telling her dad to ar’m himself because “[the gu’nman is] gong to come get us.”
Miah is one of five children in her family. Her younger sister is a second-grader at Robb Elementary School and was not harmed in the shoo’ting.
Source & Credit: nypost.com