Because Miah CerrilloOne choice in the split second could have saved her life in a terrible tragedy.
The 11-year-old student at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, recalls the morning of May 24, when an 18-year-old gunman opened fire in her classroom.
Miah told CNN that after the gunman had targeted her fourth grade — taking the lives of the teachers Irma Garcia and Eva Mireles, as did many of her friends — he had moved into an adjoining classroom. When he was around, Miah said she and a friend managed to get hold of the teacher’s cell phone to call 911, telling the dispatcher, “Please come… we’re in trouble.”
Fearing he’d come back, Miah said she took the blood of a murdered classmate and smeared it on herself to play dead.
The student in this class recalls lying on the floor for hours without what police assumed was still responding to the shooting. When Miah was finally saved, she was taken to the hospital to be treated for shrapnel wounds, according to CNN.