actress Melissa Joan Hart posted an emotional video to Instagram on Tuesday, revealing that she was helping kindergarten children escape the school shooting Nashville On Monday.
Three nine-year-olds and three school staff were killed at Covenant School when the gunman, identified as 28-year-old Audrey Hale, broke into the academy and began shooting.
The Sabrina the Teenage Witch star and Nashville resident shared her experiences in one Instagram Video to her almost 2 million followers, a day later. She says her children — sons Mason, 17, Braden, 15, and Tucker, 10 — attend the school “right next door” to where the massacre took place.
“We moved here from Connecticut, where we went to school a little way from Sandy Hook, so this is our second experience of having a school shoot where our kids are very close,” the 46-year-old said of her 1.7 million followers. “Fortunately we are all fine.”
The “Melissa & Joey” star said she and husband Mark Wilkerson didn’t hesitate for a second when trying to help the young children who were “trying to escape from school.”
The couple happened to be on their way to conferences at their sons’ school, she says.
“My husband and I were on our way to school for conferences. Luckily our kids weren’t there today,” Hart explained through tears.
“We helped a kindergarten class across a busy highway. They climbed out of the woods, they were trying to escape a shooting at their school. So we helped these tiny kids cross the street and get their teachers there.”
The Nashville Police Department released the bodycam footage and it cannot be overstated how remarkable the response was. These men are absolute heroes. pic.twitter.com/aOT8IJyH04
— Sara Gonzales (@SaraGonzalesTX) March 28, 2023
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“We helped a mother reunite with her children and I just don’t know what to say. Enough is enough. Just pray, pray for the families,” she continued.
“Prayer today, action tomorrow,” she captioned the minute-long clip. “That was too raw to post yesterday but I wanted you to hear this story.”
Authorities say Audrey Hale shot herself into the Christian Academy with two assault rifles and a pistol on Monday morning.
Hale, who is described by investigators as a former student at the school, murdered the six victims before police fatally shot them, just 14 minutes after authorities received the call about an active gunman.
The victims were named Monday afternoon: Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs and William Kinney, all aged 9. Three adult school employees were also killed: substitute teacher Cynthia Peak and janitor Mike Hill, both 61, and principal Katherine Koonce, 60.