Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson East has spoken about her heartbreaking Monday when she received a phone call from someone at her children’s school saying they were locked in the middle of a shooting at a Christian private school in Nashville, Tennessee.
Johnson East said her husband, former NFL player Andrew East, was able to pick up their children from school and posted videos to her Instagram Stories showing her hugging their children as they got home.
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Several people were killed when a 28-year-old woman opened fire at The Covenant School. Johnson East posted video of school buses with police escort.
«I haven’t been able to catch my breath since reading the news and getting a call from our school that they were on lockdown too given the news. Shaking. Crying. Heartbroken. Awful,» he wrote in a subsequent message on his account. Instagram Stories.
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«Our babies are now home with us. I feel lucky and blessed, but still incredibly sad. No parent or family should have to deal with this.»
«I have seen children’s ambulances, countless police cars, buses with children being transported to safety, parents flying down the street honking their horns, people running in and out of churches and schools looking for their children. Today I was struck by changed».
Johnson East added, «A friend said it best… Nashville is so much more than a city, it’s a family. Everyone is two degrees apart and knows each other, prays for each other, goes to church together.»
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Johnson East and East have two children together, a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old. The family lives in Nashville.