Students tweeted from their classrooms while an active shooter was at large
There was an active shooter situation at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida this afternoon. Some students were trapped in their classrooms as the school went on lockdown after gunfire began during dismissal. As of 4:15, the shooter was reportedly apprehended. According to The Sun Sentinel, there are 3,208 children in grades 9 — 12 enrolled at the school.
Kids were tweeting from their classrooms while on lockdown, the shooter still roaming the campus. This is absolutely horrifying.
oh my god we’re in a closet i can’t believe this is happening
— Genevieve #MSDStrong (@genthemartian) February 14, 2018
Margate Fire Rescue has called this a “mass causality incident.”
Police are working an active shooter scene, and ask that if you are in touch with your student you ask that they remain calm and barricaded until police come to their room, this is for everyone's safety. Do NOT call our 911 or non-emergency number unless it is an emergency.
— Coral Springs Police (@CoralSpringsPD) February 14, 2018
Before the shooter was apprehended, the Coral Springs Police department tweeted that police were working an active shooter scene. “If you are in touch with your student, ask that they remain calm and barricaded until police come to their room,” they advised parents. Is there a worse nightmare than this?
NEW: "My daughter is with her friends trapped in a closet," parent of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student tells CBS News as authorities respond to campus shooting. "She is afraid to talk because she doesn't want to talk loud." pic.twitter.com/eAMWJn0g0B
— KCTV5 News (@KCTV5) February 14, 2018
Joel Leffler, who has a son and daughter at the school, told NBC News, “My son called me as it was unfolding, running. He had to jump a fence. My son heard around eight gun shots as he was running out.” When Leffler reached his daughter, she was terrified and whispering. “My daughter, who was there in the freshman hall where the shooting took place — she’s in shock right now and she’s being taken out by SWAT. She saw multiple dead bodies.”
Students at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida flee amid reports of a shooting at the school. “The school immediately went on lockdown but is now dismissing students,” Broward School District says. https://t.co/BuEAqGjCN1 pic.twitter.com/TWqjnIVT87
— ABC News (@ABC) February 14, 2018
Here's what we know about a shooting unfolding at a high school in Parkland, Florida.
– There are reports of victims
– The shooter is still at large, officials say
– The shooting happened just as school was letting out
– Latest updates: https://t.co/rcvcnrze03
— CNN (@CNN) February 14, 2018
Broward County Public Schools says there are “numerous fatalities” but can’t confirm exactly how many.
Broward Schools superintendent says "there are numerous fatalities. It is a horrific situation" Can't confirm a number. @wsvn
— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) February 14, 2018
Reports are starting to emerge with details of the shooting. It appears to be one shooter, and they used a rifle.
A senior official confirms a person, believed to be the shooter, is in custody.
The shooter used a rifle. No idea on type of weapon.
— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) February 14, 2018
Our thoughts are with the victims, the students, and their families who had to endure this horrific event because we live in a country that refuses to prioritize the safety of its citizens.
When are we going to say ENOUGH?
The time to talk about gun safety is now. If you would like to advocate for the safety of our children, you can start by joining Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America.