It’s so sad to think of school children being in life or death situations.
But that’s exactly what the kids of Stoneman Douglas High School had to face.
Aalayah Eastmond is a survivor of the horrific shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Eastmond has revealed the moment she hid from the gunman under the body of her dead classmate.
The junior was in class on February 14 when accused gunman, Nikolas Cruz, fired through a window.
One of the 17 people killed was her classmate, Nicholas Dworet, who ended up saving her life.
She said as soon as she saw Dworet’s body ‘slumped over,’ she knew she had to act fast.
‘I told myself that I need to look like I’m dead,’ the 16-year-old said during a speech she gave in Harlem on Saturday alongside Rev Al Sharpton.
‘When he fell over I just fell over with him and then I went underneath his body and I laid there,’ Eastmond said.
Dworet was a senior at Stoneman Douglas High School.
He was a gifted swimmer who had his sights set on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Friends described the deceased athlete as a ‘good guy’ who will be dearly missed.
Eastmond was at Sharpton’s National Action Network in Harlem for the minister’s weekly meetings when she made the revelation.
During her speech she also announced a June rally in front of President Donald Trump’s Manhattan apartment to protest gun violence eased by access to assault weapons.
The June 2 rally – at the beginning of New York state’s Gun Violence Awareness Month – is to start at Trump International Tower on Columbus Circle.
It will then proceed toward Fifth Avenue and Trump Tower, where Trump has an apartment that has been his longtime home.
For Eastmond, New York City is also holds some some tough memories. One of her family members was fatally shot there.
Fifteen years ago, ‘I actually lost my uncle to gun violence in Brooklyn,’ she said.
‘So for it to happen to me, in my face, that just shows that change has to happen now.’
More than one million Americans came out for the March for Our Lives event in Washington, DC, last month.