Following the deadly massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the state’s lawmakers have voted to reject gun legislation. As CNN reported, the Florida state House voted down a motion to consider a ban on semiautomatic guns and large capacity magazines on Tuesday. The lawmakers, mostly Republicans, rejected the motion by 36-71.
The vote took place during a session that opened with a prayer for the 17 people killed in Parkland. Students from the massacre were in attendance during the vote and spoke out about the outcome.
“It was just so heartbreaking to see how many (voters’) names were up there, especially after it was my school,” said Sheryl Acquaroli, a 16-year-old junior from Stoneman Douglas. “It seemed almost heartless how they immediately pushed the button to say no.”
She said that these lawmakers are at fault for the next person who is killed by an automatic weapon, like
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Donald Trump is under scrutiny for a tweet he sent in response to the school shooting that occurred in Parkland, Florida, last week.
As previously reported, the mass shooting suspect, 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz, has been charged with 17 counts of murder for gunning down 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. As details surface about the former student’s mental and behavioral problems, Trump took to Twitter to blame the FBI for ignoring warning signs that may have prevented the incident.
“Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!” he tweeted on February 17.
Following last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, students are speaking out. Teenage survivors from the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are taking to the media to share their stories, with many urging for an end to gun violence.
“He was shooting through the glass in the door,” Matthew Walker told ABC News of the incident. “It was really bad. There were bullet holes everywhere. Everyone was freaking out. I did not see the shooter, but he did shoot through my class. He couldn’t get inside because the door was locked.”
“It was really loud. Then I heard it again,” 15-year-old Michael Katz said. “Then I heard frantic screaming. I’ve never heard such loud screams in my life. Then we realized there was a shooting at my school.”
He added, “I feel total shock, confusion. I’ve never been more scared in my life.”
Suspect Nikolas Cruz, 19, was an expelled student from the school.
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Anthony Borges, a 15-year-old student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has miraculously survived after being shot five times in last week’s shooting in Parkland, Florida.
He remains in the hospital, recovering, WPTV reported. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel posted a photo of him visiting the teen at the hospital on Twitter and Facebook on Sunday. The officer said that the boy will require more surgeries because of his injuries.
“Fortunately, he is recovering, but has a long road ahead with more surgeries needed,” reads the tweet. “Please join us in praying for the swift recovery of Anthony and all the other victims of this horrific criminal act.”
Borges is being called a hero for what he did when shots rang out on Valentine’s Day. According to NBC News, he was shot both in his back and in his legs as he locked a door and blocked a doorway with
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The country is still responding following the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Last week, a 19-year-old former student was charged with bringing a semiautomatic rifle and killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school. Victims of the shooting—and concerned students around the country—have organized a national walkout to protest gun violence.
As Vox shares, the National School Walkout is being planned to take place on March 14. Another walkout, March for Our Lives, is slated for March 24.
We’re marching because it’s not just schools. It’s movie theaters, it’s concerts, it’s nightclubs. This kind of stuff can’t just happen. You know, we are marching for our lives, we’re marching for the 17 lives we lost. And we’re marching for our children’s lives and our children’s children and their children,” said Alex Wind, a survivor from the shooting.
With the theme “Enough,” the National School Walkout is being organized by the group who
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A day after the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a school just a town away reportedly dealt with another potential shooting incident. According to Newsweek, an 11-year-old girl has been arrested for sharing a threatening note at Nova Middle School. In it, she says that she’ll kill “ugly ass kids and teachers.”
“I will bring a gun to school to kill all of you ugly ass kids and teachers bitch. I will bring the gun Feb. 16. 18. BE prepared bitch!” the note, released by the Davie Police Department, reads. In addition to the note, which was placed under the door of the Assistant Principal’s office, the student also shared a separate confessional note, which explained her anger was over being bullied. “I placed a note under the AP door and I got caught on tape,” the note says. “My friend Sarai to write the letter
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Amidst the tragedy of Wednesday’s school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, there are tales of bravery. On Twitter, a story of an assistant football coach sacrificing his life to save his students has emerged.
According to the Miami Herald, Coach Aaron Feis was shot during the Parkland shooting that killed 17 and injured 14 others.
“Coach Feis has not passed. He was shot but is not dead,” Jordan May, another coach at the high school, said on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. However, by 9 PM, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel announced that “a beloved football coach is dead.” The name of that coach was not disclosed. May’s original quote has since been deleted.
The football team’s Twitter wrote, “He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero.” According to the Sun
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At least 20 people have been injured and an unknown number have died after a person opened fire inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in North Broward, Florida on Wednesday afternoon at approximately 2:30pm.
Margate Fire Chief Dan Booker told the Miami Herald that police are responding to a mass casualty incident at the school. Exactly how many have been injured or killed remains unclear. United States senator Bill Nelson has reportedly said that there are “many deaths.”
Students wearing backpacks have been spotted fleeing the school. The active shooter also reportedly fled but is now reportedly in custody. A name has not been released. According to a statement by a Broward County Sheriff, the alleged shooter is approximately 18 years old and was wearing a maroon-colored shirt.
One mother told an ABC News affiliate that her daughter [who is presumably inside the school] “keeps telling me to stay away. ‘Be
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A high school teacher from Burleson County Texas, who is married to the school’s football coach, is accused of having an improper relationship with a 15-year-old student. KBTX reports that early this month the school contacted the Sheriff’s office after the allegations came to light.
Jamie Goforth, 37, allegedly sexually abused a 15-year-old male student starting back in October. She turned herself in on Sunday and has been charged with an improper relationship between educator and student. According to KBTX , she’s being held on a $10,000 bond. It’s unclear if she has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf at this time. Before turning herself in, it appears that she might have tried to skip town.
The school (Caldwell ISD) put out the following statement: “Many in our school community have heard of the arrest of Caldwell High School teacher Jamie Goforth. The incident is being addressed
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On Tuesday, gunfire erupted inside a Kentucky high school, resulting in one fatality and at least 7 injured people. Some of the injured needed to be airlifted to hospitals, CNN reports.
Gov. Matt Bevin said tweeted out, “Tragic shooting at Marshall County HS … Shooter is in custody, one confirmed fatality, multiple others wounded.”
The person who died is believed to be a student. At least five students were shot.
A relative of teens who were inside the school described the panic.
“They were busting down the gates and fences just to get out,” Shea Thompson told NBC News.
The details are still unfolding. The
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