(Meredith/CNN) – One student is opening up about surviving a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead and wounded more than a dozen others.
Speaking to CNN, student Colton Haab shared his experience, telling the news organization that he believed he was “destined to get home.”
"[The] first thing that went to my mind is ‘is this a drill or is this an actual scenario' because we have been trained [in] all these different scenarios for a tornado drill, a fire drill, a code yellow, and a code red. A code red is our active shooter," Haab said. "At first, I thought this is going to be our active shooter drill, until I heard more gunshots and, over the radio, three victims down."
Haab said the first thing he did was pick up his cell phone and call his brother, also a student at the school, to see if he was alright.
"As soon as I called him and confirmed he was okay, I called my dad,” Haab said. “I said, ‘Turn on the news. I need to know what's going on, you gotta keep me up to date so I can keep as many people safe as possible.’”
Haab told CNN his main concern was for other people. He wanted to make sure everybody got home to their parents safely, but that didn’t mean he wasn’t scared.
"I was a little scared. I was more worried about getting home safe, making sure everybody got home safe. And, God forbid, if he did come in the classroom,” Haab told CNN. “I didn't want that to happen, but God forbid if it did, I was going to try to stop him with another friend of mine that was with us. I was destined to get home.”
Information for this article was provided by the CNN Wire.