A former student opened fire at his high school and killed at least 17 adults and children. Seventeen people died in a shooting at a school in Florida, US.
A former student opened fire at his high school and killed at least 17 adults and children. The suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was expelled for disciplinary reasons and is due in court on Thursday (Feb 15). The Florida school shooting is among the 10 most deadliest mass shootings in US history.
“My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school,” US President Donald Trump said
Students took footage of the incidents and posted it on social media. Some of them thought their lives were over and started texting goodbyes to their loved ones.
“We did everything that we were supposed to do. Broward County Schools has prepared us for this situation and still to have so many casualties, at least for me, it’s very emotional. Because I feel today like our government, our country has failed us and failed our kids and didn’t keep us safe,” said teacher Melissa Falkowski.
They are investigating Cruz and Sheriff Scott Israel has said that so far what they have found has been very disturbing. “We have already begun to dissect his websites and things on social media that he was on and some of the things… are very, very disturbing,” Sheriff Israel said.
Here are some students recounting the incident:
Nicole Baltzer said she was in class when the fire alarm went off. She said that she heard six gunshots and everyone started running back inside the school.
Aidan posted a photo on social media while the school was on lockdown. “We have been liberated. God bless, America,” Aidan tweeted after being evacuated from the building. “Love each other. You may never know when it may be the last day you meet someone.
Since 2013, there have been 291 reported school shootings in America. That is about one shooting per week.
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