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Texas shooting: Girl who smeared herself in blood to play dead describes horrific ordeal


Miah Cerrillo, an 11-year-old girl from Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, recounted her horrific ordeal in a pre-recorded statement before a House of Representatives committee on Wednesday. Miah was in her class when the shooter burst in and opened fire. In order to trick her into thinking she was dead, Miah smeared herself in blood, taken from a dead classmate next to her.

Miah’s account of what happened left some lawmakers in tears or wide-eyed in disbelief.

“He…said my teacher ‘goodnight’ and shot him in the head. And then he shot some of my classmates and the whiteboard,” Miah said in a brief but pre-recorded interview. heartbreaking.

“When I went to the backpacks he shot my friend who was next to me and I thought he was going to come back into the room so I grabbed some blood and put it on all over me.”

Miah recalled how she remained completely silent, before grabbing her dead teacher’s cellphone when the time came and dialing 911.

“I told him we needed help – and (we need) to see the police in our class,” she said.

Miah said her class was watching a movie. When the shooter entered the classroom, the children rushed behind the teacher’s desk.

Miah was asked what she wanted to see happen as a result of the attack.

“To be safe,” she said, confirming that she feared a mass shooter would target her school again.

“I don’t want this to happen again,” she said.

Uvalde police came under intense scrutiny after it emerged that more than a dozen officers waited outside the door to Miah’s classroom and did nothing as the children lay dead or dying.

“It’s not the same girl anymore”, says the father

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Miguel Cerrillo, Miah’s father, told lawmakers she was still having nightmares and recovering from a bullet fragment in her back.

“She’s not the same little girl I used to play with anymore,” he told the committee.

Miah’s testimony came amid increased pressure on US lawmakers to reform gun laws. Gun rights are enshrined in the US Constitution, and any attempt to control the availability and use of guns is met with political pressure against it.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee also heard from the mother of Lexi Rubio, a fourth-grade student at Robb Elementary who was killed.

“We don’t want you to think of Lexi as just a number. She was smart, compassionate and athletic,” Kimberly Rubio said via video link, wiping away tears as she sat next to husband Felix.

“She was quiet, shy, unless she had a point to make. When she was right, as she often was, she stood her ground. She was firm, direct, with an unwavering voice. So today ‘today we stand up for Lexi and like her voice, we demand action.”

(With agency contributions)

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