Kendal Sanders is calm as she stands in the gym of her middle school in Roswell, New Mexico, remembering the moment her life turned into a nightmare.
“He was right over there,” she says, pointing to the bulldog logo on the floor where, after hearing a “loud bang” before the first bell one morning nearly a year ago, she saw Mason Campbell, a 12-year-old fellow seventh grader, standing with his hands up, a shotgun at his feet.
“Then one of my friends was like, ‘Oh my God, Kendal, you’re bleeding! You need help!'” she says.
“I looked at Mason, and he caught my eye. I guess because of all the adrenaline running through me, I didn’t feel the pain of getting shot.”
The shotgun blast had hit Kendal, now 14, in the right side, puncturing an artery and lodging more than 150 lead pellets that still remain in her shoulder, chest, liver, kidney and lung and near her spine.