Survivor of Mass Shooting Has Message of Hope

The Mandalay Bay resort and casino, right, overlooks an outdoor festival grounds across the street, left, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Las Vegas. Authorities said Stephen Craig Paddock broke the windows on the casino and began firing with a cache of weapons, killing dozens and injuring hundreds at a music festival at the grounds. (AP Photo/John Locher)

SEATTLE -- Most of us can't possibly imagine the mental trauma survivors of the Las Vegas massacre will have to deal with. Kaitlin Roig-Debellis knows all too well. The Connecticut school teacher experienced a similar horror on December 14, 2012. That's the day Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and opened fire, killing 26 students and teachers. Kaitlin was able to get all 15 children in her first-grade class into a tiny bathroom. By doing so, she saved their lives.

Kaitlin was in Seattle two years ago this week, October 2015. She talked to me about her personal story and her book: "Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Life's Darkest Hours." What she said back then, still applies today. That’s why we decided to rebroadcast her interview today. (Click the picture above to hear the audio).

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