The shootout outside the Nationals Park stadium in Washington DC didn’t come as such a shock to eight-year-old Faris Nunn, who has already witnessed a similar incident before. Gunfire was exchanged between people in two cars, and three people were injured. Nunn’s response has left many troubled as she says that she was ‘prepared’ for it.
Nunn, who was sitting at the third baseline with her sibling and parents, heard the shots outside the stadium gate, but was unaware of what was happening. “I saw people looking that way. And I didn’t know what was going on until I heard someone say get out, so I just started going under the seat,” Nunn told WUSA9.
Sober reminder of what far too many kids in DC face daily.
When I asked this 8 y/o girl – who was w/ her family at last night’s game – how she felt when they heard shots, she said, “It was my second shooting, so I was kind of prepared.”
— Jess Arnold (@JessArnoldTV) July 18, 2021
However, when she was asked what she was feeling after the incident, she said that this was not the first time she had witnessed such an event. “It was my second shooting. So I was kind of prepared … because I always am expecting something to happen,” she said in a video, which has now gone viral on social media.
Nunn’s mother, Lora told the news website that a man was shot dead outside their Northeast D.C. recreation centre in November while the family was at a toddler playgroup.
“Sober reminder of what far too many kids in DC face daily,” tweeted WUSA9 journalist Jess Arnold while sharing the clip, which has now garnered over one million views. “When I asked this 8-year-old girl – who was with her family at last night’s game – how she felt when they heard shots, she said, ‘It was my second shooting, so I was kind of prepared.’ This should not be normal,” she added.
Arnold’s opinion was seconded by netizens who felt that it was cruel that children are compelled to accept such violent incidents as part of their normal lives.
And all the while she’s biting her nails… So unfair for children to grow up like this.
— Lisa 2nd Pfizer on board (@lisaem5) July 18, 2021
This little girl is more prepared for everyday violence than any adult I know…what has America unleashed on our future generations?
Same goes for climate change and equality for ALL-thought we were supposed to improve things and create a better way forward….
— birdseed✍🏼 (@birdsee44018322) July 18, 2021
Expecting to be traumatized. The level of societal and policy failure here.
— Wherd_KMsT (@Wherd_KMsT) July 19, 2021
Ugh. This is a gut punch. Poor sweetie.
— IBitTheMailman (@i_mailman) July 18, 2021
And sadly, all school age children these days are familiar with mass shooting drills. 😭
How can we justify the violent, dangerous, hate-filled world we are passing down to our children?
— ninigirl (@ninigirl84) July 19, 2021Subscriber Only Stories