Only Survivor of Sandy Hook First Grade Class 'Played Dead' to Escape Gunman (VIDEO)

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More stories are coming out of Sandy Hook Elementary School -- most of them devastating. Some, like the brave school teacher who saved her class by barricading them in a closet -- heroic. Now here comes one that will break your heart. One little 6-year-old girl was the only survivor of her first grade class. She was also the first student to run out of Sandy Hook after the police arrived. Her entire class, except for her, was killed. How she survived, what she had to do, and what she had to say about the shooter, Adam Lanza, will send chills down your spine.

A pastor, Jim Solomon, has been counseling the girl since she survived the attempt by Adam Lanza to wipe out her entire classroom. The girl, who remains unnamed, managed to survive by playing dead. Says the pastor to ABC News' Lara Spencer:

"She ran out of the school building, covered head to toe in blood, and the first words out of her mouth to her mother were, 'Mommy, I'm okay, but all of my friends are dead.'"

Oh my god. That poor little girl. And her poor classmates. The pastor explained that the girl was able to "act as if she was already deceased," which allowed her to survive the massacre. This reminds me of the 4-year-old girl who hid, frozen in fear, until police arrived at the scene of her family's massacre in their car in the Swiss Alps. People get outraged when they hear of bystanders not rushing to help someone in trouble, but in actuality, the human body often freezes instinctually when in fear. It's a survival mechanism that probably came in handy when our main enemies were wild animals. The pastor attributes her survival to "divine intervention." Either way, at least it worked.

Do we really need to teach our kids to "play dead" in case a madman tries to kill them?! And what will those "rehearsals" say to them about people and society? I remember my mother telling me how much "bomb drills" at her school scared the living daylights out of her as a child.

As for Adam Lanza, the little girl told her mother that she saw a man who was "very angry, very mad." No child should ever have to see anyone that angry.

Would you consider teaching your child to "play dead" if need be?

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LSeab... LSeabolt1982

I honestly would have never thought of that. I doubt she was taught that rather just a very smart girl. I dont know if I could.

butte... butterflyfreak

I agree, LSeabolt. Nobody thinks something like this would happen so why would we train our kids to "play dead." She was either really smart and/or paralyzed from fear.

Jessy76 Jessy76

I just think she was an incredibly lucky little girl who's instincts took over and saved her life. I can not even begin to imagine the pain and grief she and all her friends and family are going to be experiencing over the next several days and weeks. I went home Friday after work held my 4 yr old and just cried. She didn't understand what I was doing but I just kept telling her mommy loves you and is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO grateful to have you. I don't know anyone involved in the events of Friday personally but I just couldn't help but feel for all the people effected by it.

cleo_... cleo_is_mine

"Divine intervention"??? What an outrageous comment from the Pastor!! What's the excuse for God to not intervene on the 27 dead people??

gamma4 gamma4

He did intervene...He wanted them with Him out of this cruel worldwe live in

Jen Unger

I agree cleo, why didn't God intervene for the 27 people that actually did lose their lives?!

nonmember avatar Doris

Well i think now days with all this movies and shows about survival some kids catch something from might be bad at times but in the other hand in situations like this movies/shows can help children understand the danger.My husband been teaching my son and daughter self defend and what to do on a hard situation like this one but their kids you can expect them to react the way you want them too but i believe its ok to teach your kids to play dead or other ways of survival and This little girl did a good job and she or her parents shouldn't feel guilty.

Laura Parks

funny coming across this article... i was thinking just a while ago that i would tell my son to do exactly that in case of this kind of horror. just drop on the ground and play dead.  just play dead.

Tanya Frey

Because God gave man free will, he told us NOT to murder/rape/steal/etc. But he let's us make the choices.

He wants us to see WHY WE SHOULDN'T DO IT.

Stop blaming God, blame these monsters that do these sick things. THEY ARE THE ONES WHO MADE THE CHOICE.

Mandi Moore

Well if we are going THERE, where was He durring the Holocaust? or WW 1 and 2...? and Columbine? Bad things happens.  Whether there is a God or not, bad things happen...and for a reason. Its tragic. It really is, but it happened. And llok how close EVERYONE is.... Ive seen the most VILE people on the internet with their hearts softened by this... It may not be big, but its somthing.

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