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Marjory Stoneman Douglas Shooting

February 28, 2018

Photo Credit: Audrey Diaz/Achona Online

Photo Credit: Audrey Diaz/Achona Online

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz unleashed gunfire on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Cruz had been expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons. Cruz is charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

The shooting is among the most deadly school shootings in United States History. Law enforcement got reports of a shooting at the high school and responded just before 3 p.m. Cruz had pulled the fire alarm in order to lure the students and faculty out of the buildings, but the school had already had a fire alarm drill earlier that day which led to confusion. As the students and faculty were filing out they began to her gun shots and quickly turned around. While hiding students began to send goodbyes to their loved ones in the event that they did not survive, and some recorded videos of them hiding while listening to shots.

Seventeen people were murdered including both faculty and students. Those killed include students, Alyssa Alhadeff, Martin Duque Anguiano, Nicholas Dworet, Jaime Guttenberg, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsay, Alex Schacter, Carmen Schentrup, Peter Wang, and faculty, Chris Hixon, Aaron Feis, and Scott Beigel.

“They are in the FASC which is the Florida Association of Student Councils which we are also a part of. Alex Smith, Mia Leto, Maria Almendares, Mrs. VanPelt, and I went to the FASC convention that was held in Orlando and they were supposed to be there, but it was the weekend after the shooting had occurred. We are not in their district, but their district was also there. When we came back we decided to make a lot of posters and have girls sign them and Mrs. VanPelt sent the posters to them, so that they could hang them in the school hallways on their first day back,” says Morgan Salzseider (’18).

Stoneman Douglas High School was closed for the rest of the week and the faculty returned to the school over the weekend and the students returned to school on Monday, February 26.

Since the shooting occurred survivors of the Stoneman Douglas shooting have taken matters into their own hands. These students include Emma Gonzàlez, Cameron Kasky, Sophie Whitney, Adam Alhanti, Chris Grady, David Hogg, Jaclyn Corin, and Sarah Chadwick.

CNN held a Town Hall where the students and parents could ask questions of Senator Marco Rubio and NRA Representative, Dana Loesch. Many parents also directly addressed Donald Trump at the White House.

In response to consumer complaints in the days following the Parkland shooting, eighteen companies have cut all ties with the NRA.

The survivors have organized a march on Washington now known as March for Our Lives. March for Our Lives will take place on March 24, 2018. Many big cities are organizing their own March for Our Lives for people who want to participate, but cannot make it to Washington D.C.

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