9-Year-Old Survivor: Shooter Yelled 'Let Me In, Let Me In!'

Nicholas Sabillon shares details of the Newtown massacre

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 18, 2012 7:04 AM CST | Updated Dec 18, 2012 7:57 AM CST

(Newser) – In one of the most detailed accounts of Friday's massacre in Newtown given by a child, Nicholas Sabillon describes the horrifying scene inside Sandy Hook Elementary. The 9-year-old was in music class when the first shots were fired, and says music teacher Maryrose Kristopik led the children into a closet and locked the room's door. "We held onto the instruments to not make any noise," says Nicholas, who the AFP reports had a gong in his hands. Then:

  • "We were all really scared and then we prayed... Miss Kristopik gave us all lollipops. We thought it would be our last snack. Then we heard this glass shatter and we were all scared, and we heard knocking on the class door from the outside. Luckily, we were all quiet, and the guy was talking 'Let me in, let me in!' and we never opened the door."
Sabillon then explains how the kids left the school, running past a line of armed police "as fast as we could" to a fire station, where they were given water and crackers. Mom Sherry adds that parents were told to go to the fire station, but were initially told just three adults had been shot. "There was not one mention of children," she says. "We would never have thought that children were injured." As for Nicholas, his ordeal continues: "When you go to bed, it feels scary, and you keep having this dream in your head about it. Because if you lived it, it's always stuck in your head." (Click to read about the dogs sent to ease the town's pain.)

Volunteer firefighters place flowers at a makeshift memorial at a sign for the Sandy Hook Elementary school Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn.
Volunteer firefighters place flowers at a makeshift memorial at a sign for the Sandy Hook Elementary school Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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