Actress Melissa Joan Hart helped Kindergarten children flee the Covenant School shooting in Nashville on Monday morning.
Hart, 46, who is best known for her role as the titular character in “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” tearfully told her Instagram followers that her three sons go to a school “right next to” the private Christian elementary school, where a transgender shooter took the lives of three 9-year-old students and three staff members.
In the Tuesday video, Hart explained that her family of five had moved to Nashville from Connecticut, where they encountered a similar situation with another devastating school shooting.
“We moved here from Connecticut where we were in school a little ways down from Sandy Hook, so this is our second experience with a school shooting with our kids being in close proximity,” she shakily reported. “Luckily we are all okay.”
Hart explained that she and her husband Mark Wilkerson were on the way to parent-teacher conferences, which coincidentally kept their boys out of class on Monday, when they noticed grade school children fleeing from Covenant.
“We helped a class of Kindergartners across a busy highway,” she detailed while holding back tears. “They were climbing out of the woods, they were trying to escape a shooter situation at their school.”
“So we helped these tiny little kids cross the road and get their teachers over there, and we helped a mom reunite with her children.”
“I just, I don’t know what to say. Enough is enough,” she concluded. “Just pray, pray for the families.”
Hart captioned her video with the message, “Prayers today, action tomorrow. This was too raw to post yesterday, but wanted you to hear this story.”
Transgender former Covenant School student, Audrey Hale, 28, went on a 14 minute rampage at her alma mater, in what Nashville Police Chief John Drake said was a targeted attack.
“We have a manifesto, we have some writings that we’re going over that pertain to this date, the actual incident,” he told CBS News reporters. “We have a map drawn out of how this was all going to take place.”
Included in the detailed manifesto, which the police department and FBI are working to disseminate, were “several different writings about other locations,” and sketches of how a shooter “would enter and the assaults that would take place.”
Drake also noted that police did not believe the six victims were anything other than in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“We have no evidence that individuals were specifically targeted,” the department’s spokesperson said.
“This school, this church building was a target of the shooter, but we have no information at present to indicate that the shooter was specifically targeting any one of the six individuals who were murdered.”
During a Tuesday press conference, Drake displayed “some training to shoot from a higher level,” during the when she breached the school with two “assault-type rifles” and a handgun.
She entered the church by firing shots through the locked front doors of the church that is adjacent to the school, and tactically stalked through the halls for ten minutes before breaching the school’s first floor.
Hale killed all six victims, including principal Katherine Koonce, substitute Cynthia Peak, custodian Mike Hill, and nine-year-old students Hallie Scraggs, William Kinney and Evelyn Dieckhaus, in the following four minutes.
Five police officers arrived on site at 10:21am, and entered the school without tactical gear. They cleared classrooms until locating Hale on the second floor, where she was shooting at squad cars below out of a window.
Hale was reportedly reloading when Officers Rex Englebert and Michael Collazo shot her dead.
Senator Josh Hawley has called for the FBI to investigate the shooting as a “hate crime” against Christians.
“We should be clear about what happened in Nashville. Police say the shooting was “targeted.” That makes it a federal hate crime – against Christian children and teachers,” he tweeted on Tuesday.
“Targeting victims on the basis of religious affiliation is a hate crime. It should be investigated as such.”
In a follow-up post, Hawley wrote: “All federal resources necessary should be brought to bear. And those individuals or groups who have spread a message of hate against the Christian community – which resulted here in horrific violence – should be held to account.”
Meanwhile, celebrities blamed guns and politicians for making the trans shooter snap.
“BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS NOW,” Oscar winner Jamie Lee Curtis tweeted on Monday.
“Every politician who votes against gun reform is a murderer,” accused comedian Chelsea Handler.
“Watching children get shot and taking money from the NRA is a crime against humanity, Same people who denied climate change, because “it’s not a problem.” Well, look at us all now.”