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17 dead in Florida High School shooting

HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW: UPDATE (8:40 P.M.)

  • At least 17 people have been killed and a further 15 have been injured in a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Three injured victims are in critical conditions.
  •  19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student at the school, has been identified the main suspect for the incident, and has been placed in custody by local authorities.
  • Of the 17 victims that have died, 12 were killed inside the classrooms that Cruz attacked, two died outside the classrooms on school campus, one died at an intersection down the road from the school, and two passed away at hospital as a result of their injuries.
  • Cruz set off the school’s fire alarms and used smoke grenades before firing an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle with “countless” magazines of ammunition throughout the hallways and classrooms in the freshman block of the school.
  • Cruz tried to escape the scene by “blending in” with students fleeing the school, but was stopped and handcuffed by local authorities about 1.5km away from the school.
  • The shooting occurred on Wednesday afternoon local time.
  • Sheriff Scott Israel confirmed that at least 17 students are dead from Stoneman Douglas High School.
  • The gunman is identified as former student Nicolas Cruz, 19
  • Students are now safe, some witnessed “motionless bodies” as they walked past

8:14 P.M.-Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will be closed for the remainder of the week, while all other school activities are also cancelled.

8:08 P.M.-Authorities have already started dissecting Cruz’s social media accounts – and reported that some of things he had been posting was “very disturbing”..

Nicolas Cruz

7:02 P.M.-Medical officials from the Broward Health System confirmed two of their patients passed away due to their wounds, three victims are in critical condition, while three are in a stable condition.

19-year-old Nicolas Cruz, was reportedly wearing a gas mask, captured by police at a house barely a kilometer away from Stoneman Douglas High School. The shooting happened shortly before dismissal time.

“There are fatalities involved here,” school superintendent Robert Runcie said.
“It’s just a horrible day for us.”

Florida senator Bill Nelson told local media earlier that “many people have been killed.”

Students hid in a closet at the school when the shooting started. One student say “All of a sudden there was a really loud noise…people are crying in the closet.”

Teachers quickly rushed students out of the school. Many students told their parents and the media that as they walked by, they witnessed people on the ground “motionless”, apparently dead.

An anonymous student told one local media outlet that at first students thought it was a fire drill because they had heard fire alarms going off. Others said they thought it was balloons popping, as many students had them to mark Valentine’s Day. The shooter was described as wearing a black hat, a maroon or burgundy shirt and black pants. 

Footage showed police putting a person in the back of a police car outside of the high school.

Officials say, Police with guns swarmed the school shortly before school let out. The school was on lock down as students fled, carrying their bags. Some students were seen lined up in a single file, leaving the area in a nice and orderly fashion and others were hysterical.

President Donald Trump spoke with Florida Governor Rick Scott earlier today, according to a tweet.

 

 

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Onslow County Schools under-fire by NAACP after refusing to address racial slurs at Richlands High School

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Onslow County Schools are refusing to take action against a racial slur, which now has the NAACP involved.

Pender High School boys basketball team was visiting Richlands Monday, Feb. 12. when they discovered a racial slur painted in the visiting team’s locker room. A hopeful investigation is underway at Richlands High School into the racial slur being painted in the locker room. Onslow County Schools have yet to release a statement to the public regarding the racial slur, despite this incident being the third racial incident at Richlands High School.

Pender High School basketball coach Craig Wilson took to social media to express his concerns and frustration about the incident.

Wilson’s previous post read:

Million things going through my mind right now. We lost out tonight in conference tournament. I can live with that. We didn’t play well. But here’s what I can’t live with. On Saturday we played at Richlands high school. One of our kids on jv got into a fight on the court because a kid from Richlands called him a nigger and all hell broke loose. Tonight we get to the gym and they have us in the same locker room that we were in on Saturday. Written on the locker plain as day is NIGGER… I get the AD and he simply says let me get something and clean it off. Sorry, I didn’t know it was there. We also learn that this same high school got into a fight with our varsity football team for calling one of our players, yep you guessed it, a nigger… this is three racial slurs involving the same school.

Reverend Dante Murphy, President of The Pender County NAACP branch, said ” It is my sincere hope that the NCHSAA, the involved school systems, and other entities involved divert from the strong indicators of minimizing and covering up this issue and work transparently with the public.”

Murphy said in a Facebook post, that the Pender County NAACP  “initiated a formal request to the NCHSAA that school officials at Richlands High School be investigated for the unacknowledged acts of racial hatred involving Richlands High School during sporting events. We are asking local NAACP branches, elected officials, and citizens across this state to join us in resolving these acts of evils.”

This recent incident makes the third time a racial slur has been used or published during Richlands High School sporting events, that Onslow County Schools and Richlands High School has refused to respond to the pattern of behavior.

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Calls for gun control grow louder after Florida shooting

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PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) – Pressure is growing for tougher gun-control laws after a Florida high school shooting that killed 17 people.

Thousands of angry protesters in Fort Lauderdale and St. Petersburg gathered Saturday to demand immediate action by legislators. More demonstrations are planned across the country in the weeks ahead.

Organizers are calling for a 17-minute walkout by teachers and students on March 14. The Network for Public Education announced a day of walkouts, sit-ins and other events on school campuses on April 20. The date is the anniversary of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado that left 12 students and one teacher dead.

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Quick Facebook post report gets teen mental help, not arrest

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ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say they were able to get mental help for a student who threatened to bring a BB gun to a high school so a police officer would kill him.

Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Detective E. W. Muse Jr. says the teen posted on Facebook earlier this month he wanted the officer at SouthWest Edgecombe High School to kill him.

Muse says the teen said he didn’t want to hurt students or teachers, so he was ordered to a hospital to get mental treatment and suspended from school for the rest of the year.

Muse told the Rocky Mount Telegram that the incident shows why it is so important for students and others to report any threats or strange behavior.

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Information from: Rocky Mount Telegram, http://www.rockymounttelegram.com

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