Santa Fe shooting survivor talks about returning to school for first time

- Santa Fe High School students have been given the opportunity to walk through the school following the deadly shooting that happened in May.

FOX 26 had the opportunity to speak exclusively with Sarah Salazar, one of the surviving students, and her family about what it was like to return.

“I don’t know, it was like normal I guess. I didn’t really feel anything," says Sarah ,who is ready to start her junior year and put everything that happened on May 18 behind her.

Sarah, along with her sisters and mother, walked the halls of Santa Fe High School. The family shared video from inside the school with FOX 26.

July 25 was the second day that Santa Fe ISD offered a walk through of the Santa Fe High School Campus. It something they typically offer for new students, but they are inviting all students and their parents because some students felt they were not ready to return to class back in May following the shooting.

“I think it’s good to go there ahead of time before you got to go for your first day. Right, so you can get that feeling I guess," Sarah's sister Suzannah says. "Come back to school, being there, because I don’t know how it would have been if we just came back. First time being there was the first day of school, that would be weird, a little weird.”

Santa Fe ISD says this is a part of the healing process and they want the students to feel safe when they return on August 21. Students were not allowed inside the construction areas or classrooms, but there were counselors and faculty present to offer assistance.

Sarah’s mother, Sonia, tells FOX 26 she has three daughter’s attending the high school. She tells them to be strong, and always pay attention to their surroundings.

“I don’t feel anything negative about the school," Sonia says. "I mean that could’ve happened anywhere, and that person just picked that spot to do it.“

As for Sarah, she is focusing on her health so that she can start school on time.

“It’s just that I don’t know if I’ll physically be able to go back because it hurts to be up, and also when I’m hot my arm starts to hurt," Sarah says. "So we’ll see when the time comes when I gets closer to school.“

There is still one more opportunity for students to walk through the high school before school starts. That date is July 30 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

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