The Griffith Family
Impacted by school shooting

Alexa Griffith
”My immediate reaction once I heard the news of the school shooting was just absolute fear. I immediately left in a dead sprint to my car to get to the hospital where Jackson was to find out what was going on and the safety of my children.

The hour that I was waiting to hear from Jackson, it was surreal. It was horrible… I was scared, and praying, and bargaining, and all the deals you make in your head that make sure that he's okay.”

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We were having a restroom break so we were outside of the classroom, and then we heard a thunder of people running downstairs, and My teacher said, “Get in the classroom! Get in the classroom!” Two minutes later there's an announcement to the school that there's an active shooter and we barricaded the room by putting desks and chairs in front of the door. Jackson Griffith, Middle Child.

I got to the high school and I got ushered away, because I was the brother of the kid who fractured his ankle. [The Principal] ushered me through the hallways, which was the scariest moment of my life because there were SWAT members there and they had these huge guns. Just being ushered right through them and having those guns around me, it was terrifying. Ian Griffith, Older Brother.

We were outside playing Frisbee and there was construction like a mile away in the woods and we heard a nail gun, and it sort of brought it all back. I just got on my knees and covered my ears and was crying and was freaking out and it was like it was all happening again.

The first day back from school, I was a little worried if [a shooting] was going to happen again… I was like, maybe there's a person that thought, “I'm going to go finish the job, because [the shooter] didn't do anything. He didn't kill anybody.” Ian Griffith, Older Brother.

I'm a Marine Corp veteran. I spent years learning about a variety of weapons and how to use those weapons. One thing that I really haven't heard anyone talking about is the military, and how on a military base, those weapons are secured. If you're a military policeman, you may have a weapon, but otherwise your weapon is in the armory. That's my experience, and yet here there's so much access to guns, and to weapons. 

[When] I went into a combat zone, I had an opportunity to get myself ready for that experience. Fortunately, I was able to walk away from that experience, and I'm fine. But who wants to send their children into a combat zone? We're sending our children into combat zones, essentially, every day. They're not prepared for that. They're not expecting that they're going to be going into a school where there could be gunfire. John Griffith, Father.

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