A 12-year-old survivor of Tuesday's school shooting in Colorado told CNN's Brooke Baldwin that he had his hand on a metal baseball bat and planned to defend himself with any means possible during the attack.
Sixth-grader Nate Holley shocked the news anchor into silence with his story.
The shooting took place at a STEM school in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, on Tuesday. One student was killed during the attack while rushing the shooter. At least eight more students were injured during the attack, and authorities took two students into custody in connection with the event.
What did Nate say?
During a Wednesday appearance on CNN, Nate said that he and his classmates cowered in fear in their classrooms when gunfire rang out in the school.
"It was really chaotic," he told Baldwin. "Most of the kids didn't know what to do."
Despite the panic, Nate froze until his teacher ushered him and his peers into a closet.
"I had my hand on a metal baseball bat just in case," he said, "'cause I was gonna go down fighting if I was gonna go down."
Baldwin, clearly at a loss for words, simply stared at Nate.
Nate's father, Steve Holley, told Baldwin that the community has been through enough.
"Enough is enough," he said. "We need to make a change and we need to do something, or else we're just going to continue failing our kids."
After the shooting, Steve Holley shared his experience on Twitter of being a parent in this type of situation.
In a tweet, Holley wrote, "There was a shooting at my son's school today. He's safe, but... I'm sitting in a gym with hundreds of parents waiting to see their kids. This is the third time I've had to pick up my boys from school due to a lockdown."
My wife and I - and most everyone here - are holding it together. Once they call 6th grade I’ll probably lose it, t… https://t.co/LvGfXjJeeT— Steve Holley (@Steve Holley)1557270861.0