Teacher recalls Aztec HS shooting in new book | KOB 4

Teacher recalls Aztec HS shooting in new book

Meg Hilling
October 24, 2018 10:13 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— An Aztec High School teacher has written a book that details what she and her students went through during last year’s school shooting.


Dr. Irene Barry remembers Dec. 17, 2017, like it was yesterday.

Shortly after 8 a.m., a former student entered the building and opened fire.

Before the shooter took his own life, he killed two students.

Barry was teaching 21 students in her English class when the gunshots started.

“As I closed the door when they said 'lockdown,' I heard one of the vice principals say that there was an active shooter,” Barry said.

In the days that followed, Barry wrote down what she remembered about the day.

"It was my way to release what happened," Barry said.

The 16-page book recounts the day of the tragedy and what she experienced in the days that followed.

"The students still reflect on the incident in their writing,” said Barry. “Bing an English teacher, we see that all the time."

As the one year anniversary of the shooting approaches, Barry said she hopes sharing her experience will bring about national change.

"As Americans, we need to object to our public schools not being safe," Barry said.


Meg Hilling

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