While Adam Lanza shot the rest of her classmates, one 6-year-old girl had the “divine inspiration” to play dead.
A brave six-year-old became the sole survivor of her first grade class at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. because she played dead as shooter Adam Lanza went on his rampage.
According to a pastor close to her family, the unnamed girl lay among the bodies of her 15 classmates until she thought it was safe to leave.
Pastor Jim Solomon told ABC News: “She ran out of the school building covered from head to toe with blood and the first thing she said to her mom was, ‘Mommy, I’m OK but all my friends are dead.”
"Somehow in that moment, by God’s grace, [she] was able to act as she was already deceased."
"The mom told me, and I thought this was very insightful, that she was suffering from what she felt was survivor’s guilt because so many of her friends no longer have their children but [her mom] has hers," the pastor said.
The Daily Mail said the girl was the first student to run out of the Sandy Hook Elementary School following the mass shooting, which left 20 children and 6 adults dead.
Solomon went on to say to ABC News: “What did she see in there? Well, she saw someone who she felt was angry and somebody who she felt was mad.”
He continued, “How at 6 and a half years old can you be that smart, that brave? I think it’s impossible outside of divine intervention. She has wisdom beyond her years.”
Solomon said the girl’s family was suffering survivor’s guilt because many of their friends were not as lucky and had lost children in the tragedy.
Stop giving glory to god for things people do.
One of the things I hate most about religion is that it gives people an excuse for their own failings or takes away praise from people who actually deserve it. This is insulting on two levels.
First, why can’t a 6-year-old be that smart? Have these people been around children lately, because they’re not completely unwitting helpless creatures. She lied very still hoping the gunman wouldn’t notice her, and then when the coast was clear, she ran away. What has to be so divinely inspired about that? She didn’t concoct an elaborate plan and build a contraption to deliver her safety. Self-preservation is a very real and universal trait. People do all kinds of things to keep themselves alive. What is so far-fetched about a little girl playing dead?
Secondly, what an insult to whatever god you believe in! A classroom full of kids and god says, “Hm…all those other ones are expendable, but this one, yes, this one I will divinely-inspire so she can survive.” How do you think all of those other parents feel? They probably pray to the same god you do, yet this god killed all of their kids and saved yours. For what? What is so special about you and your life that god would hand-pick your child to make it out of a massacre? I hope she’s going to grow up and cure cancer or solve world hunger. But more likely, she’ll grow up to be a completely average woman from Connecticut because most children grow up to be completely average people. That’s why it’s called average. Because most people are that.
Do you know why she made it out? Chance. Chance and luck. Whether she purposefully played dead because playing dead works when bears attack so why not gunmen…whether she lied very still in the hopes he wouldn’t notice her…whether she was paralyzed in fear and just couldn’t move…nobody’s god saved her. She had the good fortune to do what she did exactly when she did it and thankfully, she made it out alive. Don’t insult god or the parents of the victims by telling the press your child was the most special child of your deity that day.
Just tell her you love her and explain that it was a tragedy that she shouldn’t feel guilty about. Try to go on with the healing process the same as everyone else, everyone whose child was not saved by their god that day.