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Texas school shooting survivors say they're terrified of going back to class

2022-05-27T18:12:35.727Z

Like many kids across the US, Jayden Perez had already practiced what to do in the event of a mass shooting at her Texas school.



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(CNN) —

Like many kids across the United States, Jayden Perez had already practiced what to do in the event of a mass shooting at her school in the small town of Uvalde, Texas.

But this boy, only 10 years old, never thought something like this would happen.

Until this Tuesday it happened.

Just 90 minutes after he and his family celebrated making the honor roll, an attacker arrived at Robb Elementary School and gunned down 19 children and two teachers.

Jayden Perez, a survivor of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, speaks to CNN.

Jayden and some of her classmates hid during the shooting in a backpack storage area.

Other kids in his class were under a table, he told CNN.

All the while, he wondered what was going to happen to them.

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Now, Jayden fears this will happen again.

And he and other children are terrified of going back to school.

"Because after what happened, I don't want to do it," Jayden said.

"I don't want anything to do with another shooting or with me at school," he insisted.

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Edward Timothy Silva, a second grader at Robb Elementary School, is also worried about returning after the summer break.

"It breaks my heart," her mother, Amberlynn Diaz, told CNN's Laura Coates.

"I just don't want him to be afraid of school. I want him to keep learning and not be afraid of going back to school. I want him to have a normal life again," she added.

Edward, in a classroom near where the murders took place, heard "loud noises," he said.

"Something like fireworks."

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A woman who works for the school told him and his classmates to hide, the boy said, as they turned off the lights inside the classroom.

He and his classmates have done mock armed attackers since they were in kindergarten, he added.

On Tuesday "I knew we were doing a real drill," he said.

Some of the other children with him were crying and he prayed, Edward said.

"He was praying, thinking: Why is this happening?"

Diaz said she was told the attacker was next door to her son's classroom.

"That's when I completely broke down," he said.

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It was a long 40 minutes before she knew he was safe.

"I had to run there to make sure," he said.

"I had to see it to believe them."

Now, Edward is sleeping with his parents again and they are afraid of guns.

"I'm afraid someone will shoot me," he said.

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During his interview with CNN, Jayden began listing the names of his friends who were killed.

Then he stopped, looked at a row of crosses behind him with his names on it, and said, "Basically everyone."

Now the boy reminds everyone to hug their loved ones, while they can.

"You never know when you might lose someone close to you," he said.

CNN's Theresa Waldrop contributed to this report.

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Source: cnnespanol

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