FORT MYERS, FL.--For the first time we're hearing from a 12-year-old boy who was shot at his middle school in Nevada just days ago.
Not only is he talking about the horror of the whole thing, but he's also sending a powerful message about the dangers of weapons.
"I am very lucky to be alive," said Mason.
Mason is a student at Sparks Middle School in Nevada and Monday morning, he came face to face with a killer.
"Heard a few gunshots and I thought they were out in the distance," said Mason.
But those gunshots were much closer--no more than 20 feet away.
Mason was right outside his school before the morning bell rang and that's when police say a fellow student started shooting.
"I was looking around the school and I was like why is everybody running," said Mason.
"And then I saw Mr. Lansberry got shot and he was laying on the ground and he wasn't twitching or anything," he said.
Investigators say that math teacher, Michael Lansberry died.
Soon after Mason's life would soon be in jeopardy and was shot.
"It went in like his through my tissue and it tried to exit out like that but then it went down and exited behind here," said Mason.
Right now Mason is recovering and is expected to be just fine, but the haunting memories of coming so close to death make him think twice about weapons.
"I used to treat guns not poorly, but a little poorly, because I thought they were a toy, but when I got shot I learned that they are not just a toy," said Mason.
And now he has this message to you.
"Anything dealing with weapons, guns and knives, they are all weapons and they could kill you," said Mason.