Posted at: 01/17/2014 5:51 PM
Updated at: 01/17/2014 6:11 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4
For some parents and students, healing takes time.
Many students still are not back to school yet.
And as KOB Eyewitness News 4 found out, the trauma of Tuesday is still on people’s minds.
It’s been three days since the shooting at Berrendo Middle School. And for Nicole Vargas, she still remembers racing to the school that morning like it was yesterday.
“Yeah we almost killed ourselves. I mean people were running red lights, stop signs, we had flashers. We’re lucky that there was no accidents going to the school,” said Vargas.
It wasn’t just Nicole, she said all of the frantic parents were flying, willing to do just about anything to see their children.
“But once you really saw someone with flashers and that they were flying and you knew the direction was going north. You just kind of got behind somebody and caravanned behind someone going whatever speed we were going, going out there,” said Vargas.
KOB was at the mall that morning, as parents waited desperately.
“I can’t wait, I’m waiting for the bus to roll around. And I just want to hug him, oh I see a bus now. I just want to hug him and tell him how much I love him and just hold him closer,” said Diana Carrasco.
Vargas said it’s hard to let the kids go again, so soon after the tragedy.
“We’re just hugging onto these kids so tight, then the school district is like okay, you ready to let them go? You know and it’s like no,” said Vargas,
Vargas has a niece and nephew at Berrendo Middle School.
She said her nephew witnessed the shooting and got hit by shrapnel. She said her niece and nephew are still traumatized.
“My nephew was one of the ones that got struck with the pebbles or the bb’s or whatever. So it was just too close for comfort. They saw a lot, they saw so much that day,” said Vargas. “They’re just having trouble with the images that they saw. They were right on top of the situation when it occurred, and so the visions they have of Nathaniel injured, it severely stayed with them.”
Vargas’s niece and nephew won’t be returning to school until Tuesday. Monday is a holiday.