Shawn Johnson expressed her devastation whereas hugging her youngsters within the wake of the Nashville elementary college capturing that killed three college students and three adults.
“I haven’t been capable of catch my breath since studying the information and getting a name from our college that they have been on lockdown as effectively given the information,” the 31-year-old Olympic gymnast — who shares 3-year-old daughter Drew and 20-month-old son Jett with husband Andrew East — wrote by way of her Instagram Story on Monday, March 27. “Shaking. Crying. Heartbroken. Horrific.”
The gold medalist, who additionally shared her husband’s footage of Covenant Faculty college students being led to security, added: “Our infants are actually house with us. I really feel fortunate and blessed however nonetheless so extremely unhappy. No dad or mum or household ought to ever must cope with this.”
Johnson detailed what she witnessed in Nashville as information of the capturing broke Tuesday afternoon.
“I’ve seen youngsters’s ambulances, numerous police vehicles, buses of youngsters being transported to security, dad and mom flying down the road laying on their horns, folks sprinting out and in of church buildings and colleges searching for their youngsters.”
She concluded her message: “Right now has modified me.”
The athlete additionally shared a number of photographs of her embracing her youngsters within the wake of the varsity capturing. “When Andrew bought our infants house,” she captioned one image holding each of her youngsters.
East, 31, revealed that the couple — who tied the knot in 2016 — have been “notified of an lively shooter in our neighborhood this morning.” Instantly, the pair “rushed to high school to select up the youngsters,” he wrote by way of Instagram, alongside footage of Johnson crying and holding their youngsters. “We discovered the shooter was not at our youngsters college, however one proper within the neighborhood. Our household is secure, however can’t think about what another households are going via.”
The previous soccer star obtained a blended response within the feedback of his publish, with many urging him and Johnson to make use of their fame to talk out about gun management.
“Use your platform to begin advocating for gun management,” one follower wrote. “Your infants are so fortunate to be secure immediately however that would change tomorrow or every other day forward.” One other shared: “Use your platform to advocate for altering gun legal guidelines in TN.” A 3rd person commented, “It will be SO nice to see you employ your platform to encourage gun reform. It’s only a matter of time till all of our kids encounter gun violence. SCHOOLS SHOULD BE SAFE!”
Per NBC Information, six folks have been fatally shot at Nashville’s Covenant Faculty on Tuesday. The shooter, who was additionally killed, was reportedly a 28-year-old transgender lady who attended the varsity as a baby. In keeping with the information web site, officers said that the perpetrator — who was armed with two AR-15 type rifles and a handgun — devised the assault with detailed maps and “ready to do extra hurt,” per Nashville Police Chief John Drake.