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Teacher Tried To Save 6-Year-Old

March 7, 2000 GMT

MOUNT MORRIS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) _ A Buell Elementary School teacher worked frantically to save her pupil Kayla Rolland after the 6-year-old was shot in her classroom, according to 911 tapes.

``Oh God, please, she’s getting white. ... The little girl is getting white,″ Alicia Judd told a Genesee County 911 dispatcher, according to the tapes released Monday.

Kayla died Feb. 29; a 6-year-old classmate is accused of killing her.

Judd used her cellular phone to call 911 at 9:53 a.m., telling the dispatcher, ``I have a student at Buell school who has been dying. I need an ambulance immediately,″ The Flint Journal said in a story Tuesday.

As she told the dispatcher the girl had been shot by a classmate, Judd’s answers were broken. She struggled to catch her breath and moaned ``please, no.″ Meanwhile, a school secretary called 911 from an office phone, saying, ``I have a child that was shot in the classroom.″

With an ambulance and police cars on the way within seconds, Judd told the dispatcher that Kayla had a pulse but was not breathing, and she said she knew CPR but didn’t remember how to do it. The dispatcher asked where the girl had been shot.

``I can’t tell, I’m scared to turn her body,″ Judd said. ``Oh God, please Lord, please.″

Judd told the dispatcher the girl was going into convulsions. The dispatcher led her through the steps of performing CPR, and Judd found a small pulse but said Kayla was not breathing normally.

``It’s like she’s trying to get air,″ she said. Later, Judd said she could no longer find a pulse.

Paramedics arrived six minutes after Judd’s 911 call. But the bullet, which entered Kayla through her right shoulder and tore through her chest, had done too much damage. Kayla was pronounced dead at a hospital about 10:30 a.m.

No charges are expected against the boy, who authorities have said is too young to understand what happened. A 19-year-old man living at the house where the boy had been staying has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly allowing the boy access to the gun.