Melissa Joan Hart helped kids escape Nashville school shooting
Melissa Joan Hart acted as a hero for survivors who escaped the shooting at The Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee on Monday.
Hart, who lives in Nashville with her husband Mark Wilkerson and their three children, opened up about her experience in a moving video she posted to Instagram on Tuesday.
“Hi guys,” she began the video. “For those of you who know, I live in Nashville, and what’s happening here today, uh…my kids go to school right next to a school where there was a shooting today.”
She said: “We moved here from Connecticut where we were at a school a little further from Sandy Hook, so this is our second experience with a school shooting with our kids nearby.”
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Hart assured her followers that she and her family were doing well, but said she and her husband came into contact with survivors as they fled the school.
“My husband and I were on our way to school for some lectures,” she explained, “and luckily our kids weren’t here today, and we helped a kindergarten class through a busy highway.”
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Starting to cry, she continued, “They were coming out of the woods, trying to escape the shooter situation at their school. So we helped all these little kids cross the road and bring their teachers over there, we helped a mother reunite with her children…”
She looked flustered for a moment before raising a hand to her head and saying, “I don’t know what to say anymore. That’s right, enough is enough.”
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“Just pray,” she asked. “Just pray for the families.”
In the caption to her video, Hart explained why she posted her message yesterday, but kept saying that filming was happening “today.”
“Prayers today, Action tomorrow,” she wrote. “It was too raw to post yesterday, but I wanted you to hear this story.”
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On Monday, Audrey Hale, 28, brought three guns to The Covenant School, a private elementary school in Nashville, and opened fire.
Hale killed six people – three students, each aged 9, a substitute teacher, a caretaker and the school principal.
Police responded within minutes of the first 911 call, alerting them to an active shooter on the Christian school campus, and officers killed Hale shortly after he arrived.
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As of now, there is no known motive for the shooting, although it is known that Hale was a former student of The Covenant School. Her parents also told investigators that she was receiving treatment for an emotional disorder.