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Brave boy says he was ready to ‘go down fighting’ with baseball bat, describes horrifying school shooter scene

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12-year old Nate Holley and his father in an interview with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin

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Tuesday’s school shooting at the STEM School Highland Ranch in Colorado was terrifying for the kids there, of course, but at least some of them were ready and willing to fight for their lives. Twelve-year-old Nate Holley described to CNN how he hid in a closet with a baseball bat, willing to “go down fighting.”

“It was incredibly scary during it, and at least half the kids in my class broke into tears when it started happening,” said Nate. “It was incredibly scary, and our teacher had us hide in the closet.

“… I have sensitive ears, so they shot out the doors, and I heard the gunshots, and I just kind of froze,” he said, “and then the siren came on … somebody started cracking a joke, and the teacher told them to shut up, and then she had us hide behind her desk.

” … when the shooter got closer, she moved us into the closet. I was hiding in the corner, and they were right outside the door. I had my hand on a metal baseball bat just in case. Cuz I was going to go down fighting if I was going to go down.”

CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin asked Nate if drills at the school had prepared him for the shooting.

“No, it was really chaotic,” Nate said. “This has never happened to me before, and I was really unsure. We had a drill, like, once or twice this year, but I didn’t know, most of the kids didn’t know what to do.”

“I’m going to go ahead and say you are brave, and everyone knows it,” Baldwin told the sixth grader.


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The ultimate courage was demonstrated by the student who was killed in the shooting, 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo. A reporter for Telemundo reported in Spanish that the young man “died as a hero, faced the gunmen … seeking to save the lives of his companions.”

NBC News told his story …

“You don’t have to be the hero,” John Castillo told NBC News on Wednesday, recalling his words to his son, Kendrick Castillo.

But the younger Castillo, who hoped to study electrical engineering in college, rejected that advice, telling his dad he wouldn’t think twice about acting to save others if ever face-to-face with an armed intruder.

“‘You raised me this way. You raised me to be a good person. That’s what I’m doing,'” John Castillo quoted his slain son as saying.

Kendrick Castillo’s classmates said the 18-year-old lunged at one of the shooters at STEM School Highlands Ranch in suburban Denver on Tuesday, taking fatal gunfire — but giving others the precious moments they needed to take cover.

Devon Erickson, 18-year-old suspect, has been found to be a liberal, anti-Trump, and anti-Christian, according to his social media posts.

Victor Rantala

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