The kid survived, but this makes me so sad for some reason..
with all these school shootings, it's sad that this is something kids in school have to think about now--how to get a goodbye note to their families.
High School Shooting Survivor Wrote Goodbye Note To Family On His Hand
When Arapahoe High School students heard the first gunshot from their
classrooms, it took a moment to register what was going on and then
find a place to hide.
While Arapahoe High senior Matt Bowers was hiding with his classmates
and teacher, he wrote a goodbye note to his family in ballpoint pen on
his hand that read, "Family, I love you all so much. I'm here now."
Below the note was a drawing of a cross, symbolizing heaven (story continues below):
The note Matt Bowers wrote on his hand to his family in case
he lost his life in the shooting at Arapahoe High School reads, "Family,
I love you all so much. I'm here now." (Photo credit: Matt Bowers)
"That's where I genuinely thought I was headed if Karl happened to
stumble into our classroom and actually end it for all of us," Bowers told CNN.
Bowers said he was in his World Lit class watching a video about "Maus: A Survivor's Tale," an illustrated but complex story about surviving the Holocaust by Art Spiegelman, when they heard "a loud bang."
"It only sounded as though somebody had dropped something large so I
didn't think much of it then, until a few seconds later, two more bangs
rang through the halls of Arapahoe."
In a split second, our class looked at each other with disbelieving eyes, and blood withdrew from my teacher's face.
Within the next instance, our entire class bolted to the corner of
the classroom, kicking off papers while climbing over the desks, as
everyone crammed their way as close as they could away from the
entrance. In seconds, our teacher locked the door and whipped the lights
off. I heard another couple shots, screaming, and somebody's voice
Hiding with his classmates, Bowers heard five shots and was worried that the shooter would enter the classroom. The
shooting ended up only lasting about 80 seconds, but police say that
gunman Karl Pierson, 18, brought a shotgun, extra ammunition, three
molotov cocktails, and a machete looking for school librarian Tracy Murphy.
Within those 80 seconds, Pierson shot 17-year-old Claire Davis in the
head at point-blank range, set off one of the molotov cocktails and took his own life.
About an hour later, Bowers and his classmates were escorted out of
the classroom by a SWAT team with their hands held above their heads and
were moved to the school's outdoor track, where they waited until they
could board the busses. On the bus, Bowers says he remembered the note
he had written on his hand.