TODAY   |  April 10, 2014

Teen witness ‘so traumatized’ by school stabbing

Students Gracey Evans and Kristen Beard – who both showed remarkable heroism in the wake of Alex Hribal’s rampage – recount the chaos after the attacks to TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie.

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>> gracy evans and kristen beard showed remarkable calm during the rampage helping to save the lives of some of their wounded friends. ladies, good morning to both of you.

>> good morning. good go

>> good morning.

>> both of you not only witnessed the stabbing but saw the awful aftermath. that's my first question is how are you both doing this morning?

>> i didn't get a wink of sleep last night because i'm still traumatized.

>> i think i'm as okay as i can be, but not very okay.

>> gracy you told the story of how your best friend brett jumped in front of this knife to save you from being stabbed. what do you remember about those moments?

>> well, i was just so scared. and i didn't know what to do. and all i could really think about was that this did this just really happen? i couldn't believe that my best friend just took a knife for me. i could tell you exactly how much blood was on that knife. it's too scary.

>> in the moments after, i know a teacher pulled you into a classroom where you saw yet another student who was gravely wounded. you went over and applied pressure to those wounds. how bad were the wounds and how did you know, gracy, what to do?

>> okay. i actually had no idea how to do any of that. i just had a gut feeling that it wasn't right for him to sit up and that he needed his airway clear. so i sat him down and i said i needed paper -- i needed to put pressure on the wound. so i got paper towels and i put pressure on the wound. and like he started barfing and i felt really bad. but i couldn't deal with the smell. as soon as i got up. an emt came into the room and said you need to move. so i moved.

>> it was an awful scene, chris kristen , it turns out you were helping other friends. he's your prom date. how did you keep your friend calm? what did you say in those moments?

>> yeah, i was in the same classroom as gracy. we got pulled into the same room. i was trying my hardest to keep him calm. but i know he wasn't calm. i was just trying to keep him calm and holding his hand and he was going to be okay. and that we going to prom. and that he was going to be okay.

>> kristen , i know you know the suspect, alex hribal. you actually live down the street from him. what can you tell us about him? and what can you tell us that would make you expect something like this could happen?

>> i mean, he was always really quiet. i would never expect anything from him like this. he was just quiet. we didn't really talk much so i can't say.

>> thank you so much for being here this morning. thank you for your heroism yesterday. and we wish you all the best as you just try to deal with this terrible circumstance.

>> can i say something real quick?

>> of course. so, i know that a lot of bad things are going on, like being said about me on twitter and everything that i'm trying -- that people are saying that i'm trying to be the hero. but so many more people were in this than just me. there were a lot more people that did more than me that what i could have done. like -- the assistant principals and ian griffith, they all had a major part than what i had. in this whole entire conflict. and even nate simien, he pulled the alarm and saved the student bodies ' lives.

>> i think that's a good reminder. we heard so many stories. thank you for shares yours this morning. we appreciate it.

>> thank you.

>> it's a heartbreaking story.