Rancho Tehama Elementary School student continues to recover from gun-shot wounds

Rancho Tehama, Calif.--Thursday marks one month since the shooting rampage in Rancho Tehama, and while classes are back in session at the elementary school, one familiar face is missing from the classroom.

Posted: Dec 14, 2017 5:56 PM

Rancho Tehama, Calif.--Thursday marks one month since the shooting rampage in Rancho Tehama, and while classes are back in session at the elementary school, one familiar face is missing from the classroom.

Thursday also marks five years since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut where twenty first-graders were shot and killed.

Officials have said that if teachers at the school did not go into lock-down at Rancho Tehama Elementary School as fast as they did, we could've seen a similar tragedy here.

Angelica Monroy, sitting side by side with her son Alex are recovering emotionally and physically after their traumatic experience on November 14.

Alex was one of about 100 students that went into lock-down after administrators heard gun-shots near the school.

"The secretary called me and told me he got shot," Monroy said.

Alex was shot twice, once in his foot and once the right side of his chest, as he was hiding under a desk in his classroom.

"The fear is really terrible, you never expect you know for it to happen at school you know to your own kid and it's really scary," Monroy said.

His mom said when she was finally saw Alex at the hospital that day, he was alert and breathing but didn't really talk about what happened. And still today, he doesn't.

"I don't really want him to talk about that but if he's willing to, whenever he's willing to talk about it, I tell him to..he gets nervous and shy about that point," she said.
The bullet is still in the right side of his chest because doctors said it's too dangerous to remove because of how close it is to blood vessels that go to the brain.

"It was a miracle because it could've been worse," Monroy said.

His mom said that she's worried because some days he doesn't want to eat, but that since he left the hospital, he hasn't really asked for any medication.

Alex said he's doesn't feel any pain, but he continues to go to appointments every week.

"He's a really active boy, he likes to run around, especially he likes to play on his bike," she said.

Every day she drives around her Rancho Tehama neighborhood she's reminded of what happened that day.

Like Alex, there are no words to describe their fear.

The family’s not sure when, or if, Alex will return to school because he's still too afraid to go back.

In the meantime, they are working on trying to get him homeschooled, and his mom re-iterated that when he feels he's ready, they will support his decision.

She wanted to express her gratitude to the teachers and first responders for their quick actions on that day, and to everyone who supported their family by donating to their GoFund Me page.

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