'I was a nine-year-old fourth grader when I survived the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting on December 14, 2012, or 12/14 as we locals refer to it. There is really no way to describe what it is like when your world is changed forever in this way, but I will say it lasts longer than the event, longer than the days and weeks that it stays in the national news. But attempting to give people a glimpse of life in the aftermath of a tragedy like this is my way of getting people to try and stop the next one from happening. Life changes forever. Here are some of the ways:'