Earlier today, at least 10 people were killed and 10 more wounded at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas after a gunman opened fire in an art class. Both teachers and students are among the dead. Police have detained two suspects including the 17-year-old alleged shooter who authorities said used a shotgun and a revolver, both of which belonged to his father.
Details about the shooting are still emerging. And, as reporters have begun interviewing survivors of the incident, many students have expressed their grief and shock at the events that occurred. Perhaps the saddest, and most telling, reaction to the event was the sense of inevitability.
Paige, a 17-year-old student at the school, was just three classrooms away from where the shooting broke out. In an interview with Local ABC affiliate KTRK, when asked what she thought about the incident, Paige simply looked down and said, “I don’t know why they would do that.”
But, when asked: “Was there a part of you that said, this isn’t real, this wouldn’t happen in my school?” She responded, “No, there wasn’t. It’s been happening everywhere. I always kind of felt like eventually, it was going to happen here, too. I wasn’t surprised, I was just scared.”
This tragedy is the 22nd school shooting to take place in the U.S. since the start of the year.