“Guns don’t kill people; people kill people” is very true. I was one of the first ones hit — behind my upper right leg. Once I can fully walk, they’re going to do surgery to replace the fat. It’s a program with testimony from Holocaust survivors. It still kind of weirds me out that I didn’t get more badly injured or even pass away, because I was directly exposed. There was a girl who was praying in Spanish, and I thought maybe I should pray too. So I did, and then I looked over and saw one of my classmates with her head down. The goal is just to be able to move my entire body normally. They left in the pellets that didn’t need to be taken out.
It’s going to take about two years for it to fully, fully heal. Then I sort of realized that she wasn’t alive anymore. For a long time, we didn’t say anything, because I thought it would do more damage to him.
However, your son has showed no remorse this entire proceeding. When your adrenaline is rushing, you don’t really notice that you’ve gotten hit. In our eyes, innocent as they were at the time, we assumed it was a prank. I thought, I kept telling people, “Pull the damn dart out of my back.” I couldn’t go anywhere in Colorado without somebody figuring out who I was because I was tied to a wheelchair. So each individual walked up and I gave them their grades, and I remember the bell rang and the TV was still on behind me and it was making that I was embarrassed.
The judge said, “Ma’am, the things you’re saying could be true. I needed to get an A or I was not gonna get my driver’s permit. They were loading magazines into their guns and pulling gear out of duffel bags. If you flip through the pages, you can see where the bullet actually changed trajectory, where it turned around and pointed straight for my spine. People will see me limping and they’ll start to piece it together. A paramedic saw me spit out the Life Saver and realized I was still alive. After we said “Amen,” I had just enough time to walk to the middle of the lobby to pick up my backpack, but I only got halfway when I heard the first shot. You don’t yell it out; you don’t tell a kid that he’s failed.
I was shot once in the abdomen, and then I was shot again. It’s blown me away that there really is no consensus about how to treat this. People are kind of shocked to hear that I will shoot guns, but I understand the desire. Shooting has also solidified in me the need for change because of how incredibly powerful these weapons are. As I’m running, a young lady falls and I had to help her back to her feet.
And he said, “Patrick, I can’t believe we’re still talking about this.” I’m in a Mass Shooting Facebook group with other victims. Thousands of people get shot in this country every year. After the shooting, I’ve been to the range, been hunting. I lost seven teeth and they were all over my mouth, and I didn’t know where the bullet was. I’m sentencing him to 100 years in jail.” The whole aggression thing. I didn’t want the students to see what was happening. He had failed my class, but then he had failed three other classes. They were trying to expand background checks for all gun sales. Eventually, I was able to play sports again and return to my same physical state, which helped my mental state. ” By no means am I promoting the Army, but I woke up and I was in Germany as a soldier. I was hanging out in school, under the influence of whatever we were smoking, when this Army recruiter says, “Son, what are you going to do with your life? Chicago was one of those places where the gangs were generational. One of the things about being shot is I do not like weapons. His dad was an alcoholic who physically abused him. Not every day is a great day, but I felt that going back to where it happened, he could face it better. TJ was quiet, and I think that’s why he aimed the gun at me. And then he chased me down the hall — and that was the bullet that paralyzed me. It shattered my tongue, it went through the bottom of my mouth, it lodged over in my neck. In which at least 75 other shootings in schools barely made the news and then slipped right out of it (which often happens when victims are people of color). I remember kids were afraid to sit in certain seating arrangements. I didn’t have any proof, but I thought it was Nolan. The same year in which a former student murdered 17 of his classmates in Parkland, Florida — and another student killed ten in Texas. The injured student was 9 years old and in fourth grade. My grandma lives right down there.” I was like, “All right, well, take care, dude.” He said, “I heard you been talking shit.” He and I had been friends. They had to piece my stomach and intestines back together. They are given to the police immediately as evidence. Some people may have never even heard of it, but it was the school that my father went to. Everyone has something in their lives they’ve had to get over. I knew nothing about .22 handguns until I was shot with one. But it missed every major artery and organ besides my lung and my spinal cord. Then all of a sudden you have someone that wants to kill you? It felt like I just gently went down, but according to the video, I smacked the wall and slid straight down. Fragments of bullets are still getting pulled out of my body. That’s when I felt a real bad burning sensation in my neck. I remember laying on the ground, trying to figure out Playing football for Morgan State University was my childhood dream. He was always a class clown, and whenever people told him he was annoying, he was like, “I don’t care what you say.” He had a really good defense mechanism. Bullying wasn’t something that’s talked about as much as it is now. You get in this business because you like kids, you want to help them.