Transcript for Student shot in the head describes Texas school shooting
Want to go back to Michael in Texas with one of the students who was shot but sill survived. Michael, I see you there with Rome Shubert and his mother Sheri. Yes, I am, George. I'm here with 16-year-old Rome Shubert along with his mother Sheri and Rome took cover when the shooter entered his art classroom not realizing until he escaped he had been shot in the head and thank you both for joining me. Thank you so much for that and, Rome, how are you feeling this morning? I'm feeling really good. Just a little sore. I see you with the band-aid on your neck. Yes, sir. You escaped after the shooter went into another room but your escape -- you were telling me you had to scale a seven-foot wall a ran where we are when the building is hundreds of yards away. When did you realize you were shot? About 200, 300 feet away from the actual wall that I jumped over, I was running and I looked down and noticed a little blood on my shirt. Thought it was somebody else's and somebody told me I had been shot in the back of the head. So you didn't feel it. I did not feel it. Oh, wow, you were taken to the hospital and they treated you and released you and what did they say. They told me that there was no bullet fragments in there. The bullet went through the back of my head and through the side of my head. If it had been anywhere else, upside down or diagonal I could have been paralyzed or killed. A slight millimeter of movement. This must be frightening for you to hear first of all. Rome, he's in the hospital. Didn't have a phone. Wasn't able to contact you so when you finally did hear from him, what was that feeling like? Oh, I just -- I just wailed. I just screamed. I was in the car with my friends who just said, park, we're coming to get you. At this point they knew that Rome, something was happening with Rome because all of our friends were calling, hey, I talked to my child. Have you talked to your child and never -- I never could get through to him. He still wasn't calling me and everybody -- and so all of our community, our baseball family, they all -- they all had talked to their kids but I still hadn't talked to Rome yet. And so my friend picked me up and she was like, let's go to the hospital and then he's smart. He asked the nurse if he could call his mom and let them know where he was. Which I'm sure you were relieved once you got that call. But this school, Sheri, has an active shooter drill, they have two police officers who -- gun-carrying police officers on the campus throughout the day. They were actually implementing a program to arm some teachers as well so this school was as prepared as any that you could imagine. Did you think that this could happen here? Sadly, I did. Really? What makes you say that? I just -- because I felt like??a E disparan - it's a pattern with these shootings and nothing has changed after each one of them. We just -- we go through the pattern. It's like the shooting happens, our thoughts and prayers are you. We debate gun control then we're numb and it goes away and then there's another shooting. So what do you think needs to happen in order to make a change? Well, I think we need to address mental illness and just being there for thy neighbor and not ignoring those who seem like they need help and parenting, like know what your kid is doing, you know. I know what my kid is doing. He is accounted for at all times. He has friends because I took him to parties and I did things with him and, you know, we know what he was about. I knew what he was about. I know what he's putting on social media. I know what Rome is doing. I am invested in Rome. You're being a parent to your kid. Yes. I parent. Parenting is priority. I agree with you 100% on that and, Rome, you had this -- you were shot in the back of the head but you went out and played a baseball game on Saturday. Why was it so important to get back on the feel and playing a game? Just to show the community that there's some light on this and kind of bring everybody up and give a little feeling of hope. I just want to be out there for all my friends and show them that I'm still there with them. You wore the initials of all the victims on your wrist. Yes, sir. I got to say you talked about the team community and all the players getting together. Come on in here, you guys. Come on, come on. We got all these players who showed up. Hurry up. We got to hurry up here. All these guys showed up here to support their teammate, their teammates and it's just a family community here, you guys. And, you know, as you see there's a lot of love out here at santa fe high school so I'll throw it back and send our love back to you guys. There is a lot of love there, Michael. Thank you so much and glad that Rome is doing as well as he is and kudos to his mother Sheri for everything she said about parenting. It was spot-on. Spot-on. What she said about the pattern. We get into these patterns saying thoughts and prayers and the debate and nothing changes. Then we all become numb but we have to make big changes and she made excellent points, I agree. We'll be right back. Will hold it for you up to seven days, for
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