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A gunman opened fire at a Southern Florida high school today, killing at least 15 people and sending students running for their lives, according to two law enforcement officers on the scene.
-- At least 14 victims were taken to hospitals from the incident at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the Broward Sheriff's Office said, though their conditions were not immediately clear.
-- The suspect was taken into custody off campus but the scene is still active as SWAT teams clear the school, the sheriff's office said.
-- The suspect slipped out of the school after the shooting by blending in with other students who were trying to escape, according to two law enforcement sources and an eyewitness.
-- The suspect's name is Nicolas Cruz, according to multiple law enforcement sources.
-- The sheriff said Cruz is believed to be about 18 years old and is not a current student. He had attended the school but it is not clear when he left, the sheriff's office said.
-- Students were seen sprinting out of the school with their hands up as authorities with guns drawn swarmed the area. Other students were seen lined up one by one, leaving the area in an orderly fashion. Some students were hysterical, reported ABC affiliate WPLG.
Student Michael Katz told ABC News that at the end of the day he "heard what sounded like a garbage truck like banging."
"Then also I hear, 'Boom, boom, boom.' I hear screaming everywhere," he said. "I just got underneath my teacher's desk."
"We had police invade the school, and we were taken out," Katz said. "Fortunately, my father was there to pick me up."
Worried parents wait for students amid shooting situation at South Florida high school
Student says he saw two apparently dead bodies outside his classroom door
There have already been 18 school shootings in the US this year: Group
One mother shaking with worry told WPLG her daughter said she was OK, huddled in a locked classroom.
"She's terrified," the mother said. "I'm glad that she's able to text."
Freshman student Samuel Dykes told the Orlando Sentinel that he was on the third floor of the school when he heard gunshots.
Officers told students to look forward as they evacuated, but Dykes told the newspaper that he saw several bodies in a classroom.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel called it a "horrific homicidal act."
My heart and prayers go out to all of the families and victims. One thing that just makes me apoplectic is the diatribe regarding guns and that the suspect owned an AR-15. There are a lot of things wrong in a society where someone decides to do something so horrific regardless of what implement they use. The critical thinker might suggest that the same outcome would be achieved with a rented 26 foot cargo truck, a series of knives, machetes, or homemade explosives. Oh, wait, these things have already been perpetrated by others. Correcting this behavior will not be achieved by outlawing guns or by keeping mentally disturbed citizens from owning fire arms. In our current societal culture where "Grand Theft Auto" and similar violent games as well as movies and television are consumed by young unsupervised minds we really cannot expect anything but violent behavior. We have to get back to teaching empathy, wisdom, logic and critical thinking. This will not correct all ills but would take a big step to improving our children's safety.
I believe the problem is primarily cultural. I believe that in the 1950s the ratio of guns to people was higher than it is today yet the crime rates were lower and there were no mass shootings. Since the 1960s we have changed the emphasis in our culture from personal responsibility and respect for the community to personal expression and challenge to authority. Additionally, we have made it much more acceptable for children to be raised without a father figure or a mother figure. In the case of breeders who fail to care for their children but still satisfy their own physical wants, it has become expected that the State will raise the unfortunate children. In some respects, this is a moral leftover from religious teachings that once provided the glue that held communities together. Those same teachings are now ridiculed by our "news" media and we now rely on the passage of laws to replace what was once taught in Sunday school. When there is no longer enough glue to hold the communities together, extended families fracture and the branches get lost. With no support from an extended family, the atomic family will frequently fracture due to stresses of modern living. When stress builds, and when we don't teach personal responsibility for anything, and the most important person in the world is ME, then we see inappropriate events that create a lot of sadness for a lot of people.
JB and P2O, you both spoke volumes! Returning to family values is paramount, IMO. We have seen a generation of Killary Clinton’s ‘villages’ raising America’s children, and the result is people who think the state owes them a living, and it’s all someone else’s fault...especially a Republican’s.
Many people grow up in adverse and less than optimal-even difficult-circumstances, and do not commit such atrocities. While I don’t wish to pass judgment, I fear that is what I am doing. Multiple agencies dropped the ball on this one.
The kids who knew him - afraid of being labeled a snitch or worse, a racist? I bet there were a few.
Medical professionals - there are those privacy laws that also keep parents from knowing about kids abortions and birth control....
The school - he wasn’t permitted there with a backpack - why?
Local Law enforcement - were they notified that this guy had ‘issues’ (that ‘why’ asked above) and did they check the guy out at all?
The FBI - who were unable to identify the commenter in a YouTube video? Seriously? We are to believe that? Seriously? Not enough resources? Really? Too busy chasing phantom Russian collusion?
Not too judgy, was it?
They ALL knew and ALL are responsible for the deaths.
REPORT: YouTuber alerted the FBI about Nikolas Cruz in September 2017
Sebastian Gorka DrG
23h23 hours ago
There are undeniable truths that those who will mercilessly exploit today’s tragedy for political gain will never understand.
1. Evil exists.
2. You cannot eradicate Evil here on Earth.
3. Curtailing the rights and denying the freedoms of Good people will empower the Bad.
Good info in this RedState piece. All that is proposed re guns is meaningless. We must follow Israel’s example.
CONTROLLING THE NARRATIVE: Facebook-Owned Instagram Quietly Deletes Nicolas Cruz Account Showing Fascination with Islam But Leaves One With #MAGA Hat
Facebook-owned Instagram just deleted one of the two Instagram accounts of Florida high school shooter Nicolas Cruz.
One of Cruz’s accounts seemed to display a fascination with Islam and Islamic extremism; the other one showcased Cruz wearing a MAGA hat and contained imagery such as him killing toads.
If you guessed that Instagram removed the one related to Islam first, you got it right. Why would they remove that one but keep the MAGA hat one up for another hour? To control the narrative as this story develops. Unfortunately for them, Gateway Pundit has screenshot the entirety of both accounts.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott: FBI Director Needs to Resign
PARKLAND, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott made the following statement regarding the FBI’s admission that they failed to take action after receiving information on January 5, 2018, regarding “[Nikolas] Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.”
Governor Scott said, “The FBI’s failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable. The FBI has admitted that they were contacted last month by a person who called to inform them of Cruz’s ‘desire to kill people,’ and ‘the potential of him conducting a school shooting.’
“Seventeen innocent people are dead and acknowledging a mistake isn’t going to cut it. An apology will never bring these 17 Floridians back to life or comfort the families who are in pain. The families will spend a lifetime wondering how this could happen, and an apology will never give them the answers they desperately need.
“We constantly promote ‘see something, say something,’ and a courageous person did just that to the FBI. And the FBI failed to act. ‘See something, say something’ is an incredibly important tool and people must have confidence in the follow through from law enforcement. The FBI Director needs to resign.”
Clearly, pursuing the Russian collusion narrative used the vast majority of FBI resources. Yes, I agree. He should step down.