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A Survivor's Haunting Reaction to the Santa Fe High School Massacre

A student is interviewed after a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. (Twitter / Babe Ruthless)

Barely three months after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre that left 17 dead in Florida, a gunman believed to be a student at Santa Fe High School in southeast Texas opened fire on his teachers and classmates Friday, killing at least 10. Details are still emerging. According to CNN, explosive devices including pipe bombs and pressure-cooker bombs were found at the scene of the crime. The suspect, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, is in custody.

In an interview that has quickly gone viral on social media, a local ABC reporter asked a Santa Fe student named Paige if she ever expected to experience an atrocity like the one she just survived.

“Was there a part of you that was like ‘this isn’t real, this would not happen at my school?’” he says.

“Nope, there wasn’t,” the 17-year-old answers gravely. “It’s been happening everywhere. I’ve always kind of felt like eventually it was going to happen here too.”

Watch the telling exchange below:

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Jacob Sugarman
Jacob Sugarman is a contributing editor at Truthdig. He is a graduate of the Arthur L. Carter Institute of Journalism whose writing has appeared in Salon, AlterNet and Tablet, among other…
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