A Junior ROTC student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is being hailed as a hero for reportedly covering 60 to 70 classmates with Kevlar sheets during Wednesday’s deadly shooting that claimed 17 lives.
Colton Haab, 17, told CNN Thursday that he and a teacher ushered dozens of students into the Junior ROTC room. He then spotted Kevlar sheets used for their marksmanship program and realized that they would come in handy at a time like this.
“We took those sheets, and we put them in front of everybody so they weren’t seen because they were behind a solid object and the Kevlar would slow the bullet down,” the junior recalled.
“I didn’t think it was going to stop it, but it would definitely slow it down to make it from a catastrophic to a lifesaving thing.”
From there, Haab told WQAM how he armed himself with a chair, two pieces of wood and a fire extinguisher. Though the gunman didn’t enter the Junior ROTC room, Haab claimed he and a friend had planned to intervene if he did.
Despite his quick-thinking, the 17-year-old said he doesn’t consider himself a hero.
“I am not sure that I’m a hero. It’s just one of those things that you’ve got to do to make sure everyone is safe,” he told WQAM.
“I want to eventually join the military so that’s just my mindset that I was just going to try to help as many people. I just wish I could help more.”
This 17-year-old student said he tried to protect as many of his classmates as he could: “I’m thinking about how I’m going to make sure everyone goes home to their parents safely” https://t.co/fgMjmVH526
— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) February 15, 2018
[Featured Image: Colton Haab/Facebook]