ROSWELL – One of the students wounded when a classmate opened fire inside a Roswell middle school gym last week is recovering at home.
The family of 13-year-old Kendal Sanders said she was released from the hospital Sunday. She had two surgeries last week to repair damage to her shoulder.
“Throughout this tragedy, she has kept her faith, her hope, and has had a good attitude despite emotional and physical pain she’s endured,” her mother, Nickie Sanders, told reporters at a news conference Monday.
She said her daughter had lost movement in one arm but that her feeling and mobility should return.
The girl’s family expects she will be homeschooled for the rest of the year.
Bert Sanders, Kendal’s father, asked parents to listen to their kids, get involved and speak up if they hear them talking about a warning. He said he didn’t think gun control was an answer to shootings like the one at Roswell’s Berrendo Middle School and that he would do everything he could “to get God back in schools.”
Nickie Sanders asked everyone to continue to pray for Kendal, the other victim – 12-year-old Nathaniel Tavarez – and the suspect, 12-year-old Mason Campbell, whom Bert Sanders called “a good kid.”
Bert Sanders said his daughter didn’t actually know at first that she had been shot, and that she walked from the gymnasium where the shooting happened to a classroom, where a teacher comforted her while calling 911.
Nathaniel Tavarez remained at a Lubbock, Texas, hospital Monday. A family member says the boy is in critical but stable condition and is now breathing on his own.
Sanders and Tavarez were wounded when the gunman entered the school’s crowded gym last Tuesday and fired three times from a 20-gauge shotgun.
Campbell, a seventh-grader, has been charged as a juvenile with three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Police have yet to speculate about a motive.
Material from The Associated Press and KOAT-TV was used in this report.