“I thought, ‘You don’t know, you weren’t there, that story is not accurate’,” Brittany King says.
WFAA recently did a report on Pearl Jam’s classic 1992 song “Jeremy,” which is based on a real 15-year-old boy named Jeremy Delle, who shot himself at a Richardson High School classroom in front of his classmates on January 8, 1991.
Jeremy’s friend Brittany King said (via Alternative Nation):
“I was angry at them for writing that song. I thought, ‘You don’t know, you weren’t there. That story’s not accurate.'”
Brittany also said:
“It [Jeremy’s death] was a big wake up call. Life is not hunky dory all the time, tragedies happen. It made me grow up pretty quick, literally overnight.”
King added about being in the classroom when Jeremy shot himself:
“Shock and fear went into my mind. All the students, we ran to the back of the room and kind of huddled together… ‘Should I look?’ I remember thinking that, ‘Should I look?’. And I did. I looked. I don’t know why I looked, but I did. And I will never forget it.”
Jeremy’s mother Wanda said:
“That day that he died did not define his life. He was a son, a brother, a nephew, a cousin, a grandson. He was a friend, he was talented.
“I was at my office, at work [when I found out]. I didn’t believe it, I was in shock. ‘Not my son, I was going to pick him up that afternoon at school.'”
How did you get through the fact that it happened in front of children?
“I didn’t think about it. You literally go into a fog.”
When you see school shootings now, what do your eyes see?
“I think of the mothers, I think of the sisters… I think what will be said or what opinions will be thought about the student, but it’s the mothers and the sisters that I want to wrap my arms around and tell them that someday, it’ll be better.”
You can check out “Jeremy” in the embedded player below.