The American college student who survived the shooting at a high school in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in July is struggling to deal with the impact of the tragedy.
Chandler High School student Chandler Johnson, 18, is still dealing with the aftermath of the school shooting.
He is still in the hospital, but is currently working through the aftermath.
“We’re trying to get my mind off of it and focus on what we have to do in the coming weeks,” he said.
“It’s been very tough on me.”
Johnson has been coping with the shooting for the past two months.
He said he spent two weeks in the intensive care unit at a local hospital, and spent a lot of time talking about his experience with the incident and his family.
“I’ve been talking to my mom a lot about how I didn’t do anything wrong,” he told Al Jazeera.
Johnson said he wants to be part of the next generation of high school students and said he’s proud to be an American.
He’s trying to avoid social media and internet access.
“Because that’s how people can take things away from you,” he explained.
“When I get my thoughts and emotions mixed up, I just get frustrated.”
Johnson said the school’s president, Dr William Baskin, is helping him with the grief and stress that came with the school shootings.
“The president was trying to give me advice, and I’m giving him my thoughts, and he’s being kind and supportive,” he added.
Johnson is in constant communication with his father, Steve, who has been at the hospital for several days.
He has also tried to maintain his friendships with fellow students and family members.
But it has been tough.
“For a lot for a while, I’ve had to be on my own,” he recalled.
Johnson hopes to continue his studies, but he also has to manage his anxiety and stress.
“Just to keep my mind at bay,” he noted.
“Just try to stay calm.”
Johnson’s mother, JoAnn Johnson, said she is not taking much comfort from the schools response.
“This is going to take a lot more than words and words alone,” she said.
JoAnn Johnson said she’s also worried about her son’s future.
“What happens if this keeps going on?
How long is this going to last?” she asked.”
If I can help my son, then that’s the best thing I can do.”