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    Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the…

  • 2018 May 23

One of the students who was injured in the horrific Santa Fe, Texas High School shooting last week said he survived by the “grace of God.”

The Christian Post reports that 16-year-old Rome Shubert was sitting in his art class when the shooter entered around 7:45 a.m. on Friday, May 18th.

Eight students and two teachers lost their lives in the shooting, and 10 others were injured. Although injured, Shubert thanked God his life was spared.

He told the Houston Chronicle that he did not at first realize that he had been shot in the back of the head.

"I was just scared for my life, and my adrenaline was so high I had no idea I was shot," he said.

“I was sitting doing my work, and he [the shooter] walked in, tossed something on the desks behind me," Shubert recalled. "And then three loud pops, and I jumped under my table and flipped it in front of me, and I guess he ran out in the hall, and I took off out the back door, and when I was running, I realized I was shot in the back of my head."

Doctors later said Shubert had the “perfect scenario,” and that it was a miracle he was not dead.

As for Shubert, he said it was "Definitely [the] grace of God, I had an angel on my shoulder and He's watching over me.”

“I'm so greatful [sic] and blessed that God spared my life today. Today I was shot in the back of the head but I am completely okay and stable," he tweeted only a few hours after the shooting.

He also followed up that tweet by posting, “Thank you for all your prayers and the support. Prayers going out to all the others who are affected.”

Shubert is a member of the Santa Fe High School varsity baseball team, and has committed to play for the University of Houston after graduating high school. Despite the trauma he had experienced, he and his teammates decided to go ahead with their game on Saturday.

Shubert explained that the reason he and his teammates felt it was important to still play the game was “To show the community that there’s some light on give a little feeling of hope.”

Shubert also wore the initials of all the victims on his wrist during the game.


Photo courtesy: Twitter/Rome Shubert

Publication date: May 23, 2018