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Continuing coverage of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting

Parkland Student Recalls Using Body as Shield to Survive

"It was just loud pops – could just feel the wind of the bullets just pass by my face"

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    Stoneman Shooting Survivor Shares Her Story

    Aalayah Eastmond, who survived the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, shares her story with NBC's Megyn Kelly.

    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018)

    Aalyayah Eastmond said she survived the gunman's rampage at the Parkland school by using the body of one of her fellow students as a shield and by playing dead.

    The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor shared her story of what occurred on Feb. 14 on "Megyn Kelly Today."

    "Within 5 seconds of me sitting down, he came to my class. He started shooting," Eastmond said Tuesday. "It was just loud pops – could just feel the wind of the bullets just pass by my face."

    Seventeen people, mostly students, were fatally shot that day. During the shooting, Eastmond said she sent a message to her mother.

    Surveillance Video Shows Moments During Parkland School Shooting

    [NATL-MI] Surveillance Video Shows Moments During Parkland School Shooting

    Surveillance footage shows then-school resource deputy Scot Peterson standing outside of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School building where gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire on students and faculty inside, then running out of view, not to be seen again on other school cameras.

    (Published Thursday, March 15, 2018)

    “I told her 'I love you so much. I am sorry for everything bad I ever did in my life ... just forgive me,'" Eastmond recounted.

    To survive, Eastmond knew what she had to do.

    “I just immediately thought that he was coming inside so I told myself that I need to look like I was dead, as well," she said.

    Mark Eiglarsh, an attorney who represents the Eastmonds, said that Eastmond and her family have "absolutely no interest in suing anyone."

    "She doesn’t want to be a victim for the rest of her life. She wants to use this to fuel change," Eiglarsh said, including possibly adapting the open campus concept, which Stoneman Douglas has.

    “Stoneman Douglass isn’t built for things like this. It’s built for our comfort. Certain places, no matter where, in things like this – you are going to get killed," Eastmond said.

    Parkland Shooting Victim's Aunt Pleads For Gun Reform

    [NATL-MI]Parkland Shooting Victim's Aunt Pleads For Gun Reform at Walkout

    The aunt of a Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting victim attended a walkout Wednesday at the Parkland, Florida, high school where her niece was killed on Feb. 14. "I beg viewers to stand up with these kids and fight with us to get this gun legislation in this country changed," Gina Fontana told NBC 6's Ari Odzer. 

    (Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018)

    Numerous Stoneman Douglas survivors have taken action to in attempts to prevent further similar tragedies from occurring as part of the #NeverAgain movement.