Florida Shooting Survivor Speaks Out

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FLORIDA – “When I heard the shots firing, that’s when I dove to the floor, bruised my eye and cut my forehead,” Samantha Fuentes says.

“Six of us hid behind the podium in just a small space and that is when Helena and Nick were sitting and were shot and killed right next to me. Everything that hit them ricocheted and hit my legs into my face and into my arm,” Fuentes says.

Though shot, when SWAT arrived she ran from the building streaming blood. On the mend now and reacting to the news that the school Resources Officer, a sworn BSO Deputy Sheriff, never went into the building to confront the shooter.

“I am not really surprised because he did not have much of a presence in the school to begin with. He made no efforts to introduce himself to our students or the faculty,” Fuentes says. “He had minimal presence in the school. Maybe once a day you would not see him patrolling the hallways checking on the students like our security would.”

“If you could say something to him what would it be?” Hank Tester asks.

“You failed us, you took an oath and you broke your promise and that is disappointing and I am disappointed in you,” Fuentes says.

Aside from her two classmates, Fuentes also lost three fellow JROTC members in the shooting.

Fuentes says she feels lucky to have survived.

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