Albertville students witness Nashville mall shooting during field trip

Albertville students witness Nashville mall shooting during field trip
Albertville High School students were at the Opry Mills Mall in Nashville, Tennessee during the shooting on May 3, 2018. (Source: WAFF)

ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The nerves of some Albertville High School students are hopefully settling after several were in close proximity to the Nashville, Tennessee mall shooting on Thursday.

The culinary class was on a field trip and taking some time out at the mall when that shooting happened.

"We're very, very thankful and our prayers that our students were returning safely, all accounted for," said Albertville School Superintendent Boyd English.

Watching every student that left get off the bus when they arrived Thursday night was as gratifying for school officials as it was for parents waiting outside the Albertville High School Fine Arts Center.

The culinary class was on a field trip to Nashville and were taking a break at the mall before a scheduled dinner when shots rang out there.

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Graciela Ramos said she had no idea and just text her daughter to see how things were going.

"I said, 'What's going on?' She said ...that is when she started typing and telling me what happened and of course I got scared," said Ramos.

Ramos later learned her daughter was just 10 feet away.

"She heard that they were kind of fighting but she didn't want to be nosy. She turned around and her friend is the one that witnessed everything," said Ramos.

Moments later, that fight escalated.

"She heard the gunshot. That is when she ran and her friend went after her, so they just ran away," said Ramos.

It was a long, more than three hour, bus ride back and for most of these kids being in the arms of their parents was the only way they really felt safe.

"What's it going to be like when you see her? I'm going to be very happy to see her, very happy," said Ramos.

The culinary students were all given excused absences from school on Friday.

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