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>>> WERE BACK, NOW, WITH OUR

>>> WERE BACK, NOW, WITH OUR

SERIES "I SURVIVED." MY NEXT THREE GUESTS HAVE

MY NEXT THREE GUESTS HAVE OVERCOME UNIMAGINABLE TRAGEDIES.

OVERCOME UNIMAGINABLE TRAGEDIES. THEY WERE PRESENT AT TWO OF THE

THEY WERE PRESENT AT TWO OF THE

WORST MASS SHOOTINGS IN OUR

WORST MASS SHOOTINGS IN OUR

COUNTRYS HISTORY.

COUNTRYS HISTORY.

ONE AT COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL AND TWO AT AN AURORA, COLORADO,L AND

TWO AT AN AURORA, COLORADO, MOVIE THEATER.

MOVIE THEATER. THEY HAVE COME TOGETHER IN A NEW

THEY HAVE COME TOGETHER IN A NEW

FILM CALLED SURVIVING THEATER 9. HERES SOME OF THE STORY.EATER 9.

HERES SOME OF THE STORY. >> WHAT IS YOUR EMERGENCY?

>> WHAT IS YOUR EMERGENCY? >> Reporter: APRIL 20th, 1999.

>> Reporter: APRIL 20th, 1999.

WE WATCHED THIS HEART WRENCHING EVENT UNFOLD IN LITTLETON,CHING

EVENT UNFOLD IN LITTLETON, COLORADO.

COLORADO. >> THEY TOLD US TO GET DOWN.

>> THEY TOLD US TO GET DOWN. >> Reporter: COLUMBINE WAS A

>> Reporter: COLUMBINE WAS A

TRAGEDY AT THE HANDS OF TWO

TRAGEDY AT THE HANDS OF TWO

CLASSMATES WHO CAME IN WITH GUNS, KNIVES AND EXPLOSIVES.

GUNS, KNIVES AND EXPLOSIVES. >> SUSPECTS HAVE BEEN FOUND

>> SUSPECTS HAVE BEEN FOUND INSIDE THE BUILDING AND ARE

INSIDE THE BUILDING AND ARE

DEAD. >> WE SHOULD BE SAFE AT SCHOOL.

>> WE SHOULD BE SAFE AT SCHOOL. IT SHOULD BE A SAFE PLACE.

IT SHOULD BE A SAFE PLACE.

>> Reporter: MORE THAN 13 YEARS

>> Reporter: MORE THAN 13 YEARS

LATER, AURORA, COLORADO, WOULD

LATER, AURORA, COLORADO, WOULD

EXPERIENCE ITS OWN DEVASTATION,

EXPERIENCE ITS OWN DEVASTATION,

WHEN MOVIEGOERS WERE BLIND SIDED BY GUNFIRE.OERS WERE BLIND SIDED

BY GUNFIRE. >> THIS OCCURRED IN THEATER

>> THIS OCCURRED IN THEATER NUMBER 9.

NUMBER 9. >> Reporter: A 34-YEAR-OLD SET

>> Reporter: A 34-YEAR-OLD SET OFF TEAR GAS BEFORE SHOOTING AND

OFF TEAR GAS BEFORE SHOOTING AND INJURING MORE THAN 70.

INJURING MORE THAN 70. THE GUNMAN WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE

THE GUNMAN WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON.

IN PRISON. TIM McGRATH LIVED THROUGH THAT

TIM McGRATH LIVED THROUGH THAT SHOOTING SPREE.

SHOOTING SPREE.

AND HE BRINGS THE LESSONS HE LEARNED TO A NEW SHORT FILME

LEARNED TO A NEW SHORT FILM CALLED "SURVIVING THEATER 9."

CALLED "SURVIVING THEATER 9." THE GOAL IS TO SHOW THE JOURNEY

THE GOAL IS TO SHOW THE JOURNEY OF SURVIVORS LIKE HIM.

OF SURVIVORS LIKE HIM. >> WE THINK THIS IS THE BEST

>> WE THINK THIS IS THE BEST FOOT FORWARD TO GIVE HOPE AND

FOOT FORWARD TO GIVE HOPE AND STRENGTH TO THOSE WHO NEED IT.

STRENGTH TO THOSE WHO NEED IT. >> TIM McGRATH IS THE WRITER,

>> TIM McGRATH IS THE WRITER, ACTOR AND DIRECTOR BEHIND

ACTOR AND DIRECTOR BEHIND "SURVIVING THEATER 9."

"SURVIVING THEATER 9." HE WITH 12-YEAR-OLD JACOB

HE WITH 12-YEAR-OLD JACOB GARRITY, ESCAPED THE THEATER

GARRITY, ESCAPED THE THEATER WITH THEIR LIVES.

WITH THEIR LIVES. AND KIM BLARE WOODRUFF WAS A

AND KIM BLARE WOODRUFF WAS A STUDENT IN 1999.

STUDENT IN 1999. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. THIS IS YOUR PROJECT.

THIS IS YOUR PROJECT. GUNFIRE ERUPTS IN THE THEATER.

GUNFIRE ERUPTS IN THE THEATER. WHEN YOU REALIZED WHAT WAS

WHEN YOU REALIZED WHAT WAS HAPPENING, HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO

HAPPENING, HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO SAVE YOURSELF.

SAVE YOURSELF. >> I WAS IN THEATER 8.

>> I WAS IN THEATER 8. THE BULLETS CAME THROUGH THE

THE BULLETS CAME THROUGH THE WALL, DOWN THROUGH THE FRONT.

WALL, DOWN THROUGH THE FRONT. ITS HAZY.

ITS HAZY. YOU GET DOWN BEHIND THE SEATS.

YOU GET DOWN BEHIND THE SEATS. AND WE WENT DOWN TOWARDS THE

AND WE WENT DOWN TOWARDS THE MAIN EXIT, THE CHUTES WHEN YOU

MAIN EXIT, THE CHUTES WHEN YOU WALK IN A MOVIE THEATER.

WALK IN A MOVIE THEATER. WE WENT BACK UP AND WENT THROUGH

WE WENT BACK UP AND WENT THROUGH A PROJECTIONIST BOOTH AREA.

A PROJECTIONIST BOOTH AREA. >> IS IT TRUE THAT YOU WERE

>> IS IT TRUE THAT YOU WERE STILL SO STUNNED, YOU WENT AND

STILL SO STUNNED, YOU WENT AND SAW "THE DARK KNIGHT" THE NEXT

SAW "THE DARK KNIGHT" THE NEXT DAY?

DAY?

>> YES. YEAH.S.

YEAH.

>> HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? WHY DO YOU THINK YOU DID THAT

WHY DO YOU THINK YOU DID THAT IN.

IN.

>> I WASNT THINKING CLEARLY AT

>> I WASNT THINKING CLEARLY AT

THOSE MOMENTS. WE GOT UP AND IT WAS LIKE, DONT

WE GOT UP AND IT WAS LIKE, DONT LET THE TERRORISTS WIN KIND OF

LET THE TERRORISTS WIN KIND OF MOMENT.

MOMENT.

WE WENT TO THE 16th STREET MALL AND THEY WERE PLAYING IT.T MALL

AND THEY WERE PLAYING IT. >> YOU WERE IN THE THEATER WITH

>> YOU WERE IN THE THEATER WITH YOUR OLDER BROTHER.

YOUR OLDER BROTHER. AND WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE

AND WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE GUNFIRE STARTED?

GUNFIRE STARTED? >> I STOOD UP AND JOSHUA PULLED

>> I STOOD UP AND JOSHUA PULLED ME DOWN AND WE WAITED UNTIL IT

ME DOWN AND WE WAITED UNTIL IT STOPPED.

STOPPED.

WE WENT UP AND WENT OUT THE DOOR

WE WENT UP AND WENT OUT THE DOOR

AT THE TOP OF THE THEATER AND

AT THE TOP OF THE THEATER AND

WENT OUT THE LOBBY.

WENT OUT THE LOBBY.

>> THATS YOUR BIG BROTHER WHO

>> THATS YOUR BIG BROTHER WHO

HELPED YOU?

HELPED YOU?

>> YEAH.

>> YEAH.

HE PRETTY MUCH SAVED MY LIFE. I WOULD HAVE KEPT STANDING IF HE

I WOULD HAVE KEPT STANDING IF HE DIDNT PULL ME DOWN.

DIDNT PULL ME DOWN. >> YOU WERE AT COLUMBINE THE DAY

>> YOU WERE AT COLUMBINE THE DAY THE TWO SHOOTERS CAME IN.

THE TWO SHOOTERS CAME IN.

YOU KNEW ONE OF THEM. DID YOU SEE HIM THE DAY OF?

DID YOU SEE HIM THE DAY OF? DID YOU HAVE A DIRECT

DID YOU HAVE A DIRECT INTERACTION WITH HIM?

INTERACTION WITH HIM? >> I WAS OUTSIDE WHERE IT BEGAN.

>> I WAS OUTSIDE WHERE IT BEGAN. AND SO, I SAW THEM TAKE THE

AND SO, I SAW THEM TAKE THE DUFFEL BAG UP TO THE TOP OF THE

DUFFEL BAG UP TO THE TOP OF THE HILL, PULL OUT THE GUNS, NOD TO

HILL, PULL OUT THE GUNS, NOD TO EACH OTHER AND BEGIN SHOOTING

EACH OTHER AND BEGIN SHOOTING EVERYBODY.

EVERYBODY.

I HAD MY BEST FRIEND SHOT RIGHT NEXT TO ME.ST FRIEND SHOT RIGHT

NEXT TO ME. BEFORE SHE WAS SHOT, YOU KNOW, I

BEFORE SHE WAS SHOT, YOU KNOW, I MADE EYE CONTACT WITH THE

MADE EYE CONTACT WITH THE GUNMAN.

GUNMAN.

HE RECOGNIZED ME AND HE MOVED

HE RECOGNIZED ME AND HE MOVED

THE GUN AND SHOT HER.

THE GUN AND SHOT HER.

I HAVE AN IDENTICAL TWIN, AS WELL.E AN IDENTICAL TWIN, AS

WELL. AND SHE WAS A LIBRARY KID.

AND SHE WAS A LIBRARY KID. IN THAT MOMENT FOR HER, THEY

IN THAT MOMENT FOR HER, THEY LOOKED UNDER THE TABLE AND

LOOKED UNDER THE TABLE AND COULDNT TELL IF IT WAS ME OR IF

COULDNT TELL IF IT WAS ME OR IF IT WAS HER.

IT WAS HER. WERE IDENTICAL.

WERE IDENTICAL. AND I WAS ALWAYS VERY NICE TO

AND I WAS ALWAYS VERY NICE TO DYLAN.

DYLAN.

AND THEY MOVED TO THE NEXT

AND THEY MOVED TO THE NEXT

TABLE.

TABLE.

>> YOU THINK HE SPARED YOU FOR THAT REASON? HE SPARED YOU FOR

THAT REASON?

>> ITS THE ONLY THING I CAN

>> ITS THE ONLY THING I CAN

HOPE FOR.

HOPE FOR.

OTHERWISE, IT JUST SEEMS LIKE CHAOS.ISE, IT JUST SEEMS LIKE

CHAOS.

AND I TEND TO THINK THAT WERE

AND I TEND TO THINK THAT WERE

MORE KIND IN OUR NATURE THAN WE ARE EVIL. IN OUR NATURE THAN WE

ARE EVIL. AND IM HOPING THAT IN JUST THAT

AND IM HOPING THAT IN JUST THAT BRIEF MOMENT, HE REMEMBERED THAT

BRIEF MOMENT, HE REMEMBERED THAT PIECE OF HIS HUMANITY AND ALL OF

PIECE OF HIS HUMANITY AND ALL OF THE KINDNESS THAT I GAVE HIM.

THE KINDNESS THAT I GAVE HIM. >> IS THERE ANY SURVIVORS

>> IS THERE ANY SURVIVORS GUILT?

GUILT?

>> NOT ANYMORE.

>> NOT ANYMORE.

>> GOT THROUGH THAT. >> IVE BEEN ABLE TO FIND PEACE.

>> IVE BEEN ABLE TO FIND PEACE. I WAS ABLE TO FIND PEACE ABOUT

I WAS ABLE TO FIND PEACE ABOUT THE TEN-YEAR ANNIVERSARY.

THE TEN-YEAR ANNIVERSARY. AND IVE BEEN ABLE TO LIVE IN MY

AND IVE BEEN ABLE TO LIVE IN MY PEACE SINCE THEN.

PEACE SINCE THEN. >> HOW ABOUT YOU, JACOB?

>> HOW ABOUT YOU, JACOB? WHEN YOU SEE THESE OTHER

WHEN YOU SEE THESE OTHER STUDENTS RISE UP OUT OF

STUDENTS RISE UP OUT OF PARKLAND, FLORIDA, AND ELSEWHERE

PARKLAND, FLORIDA, AND ELSEWHERE TO TRY TO STOP THIS FROM

TO TRY TO STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING, WHAT DOES THAT BRING

HAPPENING, WHAT DOES THAT BRING UP FOR YOU?

UP FOR YOU? >> I JUST, I FEEL REALLY BAD

>> I JUST, I FEEL REALLY BAD THAT ANYONE HAS TO GO THROUGH

THAT ANYONE HAS TO GO THROUGH ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

ANYTHING LIKE THAT. JUST REALLY CHANGES WHO YOU ARE.

JUST REALLY CHANGES WHO YOU ARE. AND ITS NOT FUN.

AND ITS NOT FUN. ITS NOT A GOOD CHANGE.

ITS NOT A GOOD CHANGE. >> THE FACT YOU FOUND THE

>> THE FACT YOU FOUND THE ABILITY TO LEAN ON YOUR FAMILY,

ABILITY TO LEAN ON YOUR FAMILY, FIND FRIENDS TO SUPPORT YOU,

FIND FRIENDS TO SUPPORT YOU, SPEAKS TO YOUR MENTAL

SPEAKS TO YOUR MENTAL WELL-BEING, YOUR ABILITY TO TAKE

WELL-BEING, YOUR ABILITY TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.

CARE OF YOURSELF.

AND I KNOW YOURE HERE TODAY TO

AND I KNOW YOURE HERE TODAY TO

TRY TO SEND THAT SAME MESSAGE.

TRY TO SEND THAT SAME MESSAGE.

THANK YOU ALL.

THANK YOU ALL.

GOOD LUCK WITH THE FILM.

GOOD LUCK WITH THE FILM.

WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE.

WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE.

ALL THE BEST TO YOU.

ALL THE BEST TO YOU.

THE MOVIE, AGAIN, CALLED

THE MOVIE, AGAIN, CALLED

"SURVIVING THEATER 9."

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