[Sean King for Shaw Media]
Exiting out the back door, Todd Fitz-Gerald spotted the police officer with a student on the phone, saying, “There’s an active shooter.”
Silverio’s sister lives on the same street as the high school, and was picking up her children at the neighboring elementary school. The brothers were on their way over to her house to stall for time when the phone rang.
Silverio’s sister called to warn about the growing police presence, and not to come that direction until there was more clarity. Two minutes later, another call came from her telling them not to come to the school – there was a shooting.
The road to get into the neighborhood and school was blocked. Out of options, the brothers returned home.
“My mom … she heard the pops,” Silverio said. “That’s how close it was.”
“I saw the videos before they were on the news,” said Silverio, who has a Marjory Stoneman baseball cap in his locker. “I saw the videos of people on the ground, the pops. … I saw all of it.”
Todd Fitz-Gerald wouldn’t leave until 7:30 p.m. that evening. Todd Fitz-Gerald, who taught the accused shooter for about a week two years ago, said he was the last one to be cleared out of the school.
“It was definitely not expected; you’d never think that would happen at our school,” Todd Fitz-Gerald said.
“It’s going to stick with me forever,” Silverio said. “That’s home.”
Home to the self-described best three years of his life as a member of the baseball team.
“We literally were with each other every single day,” Silverio said. “Everything that I did [was with] my baseball guys.”