On Wednesday, February 14th, a 19-year-old man identified as Nikolas Cruz killed 17 students and adults in a school shooting.
Cruz, who committed this horrific act of violence, used an AR-15 and had multiple magazines.
I viewed some of the footage from the scene, some footage being recorded by students while the shooting was happening, and it is absolutely terrifying.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School went into lockdown towards the end of the school day on Wednesday after the fire alarm was pulled. Students and teachers began to evacuate the school after hearing the fire alarm, only to flee back into the building after gunshots sounded.
Roughly 3,000 students are enrolled in the high school located outside of Boca Raton.
Cruz was a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, though was previously expelled. His social media accounts are currently under investigation due to their disturbing nature. Several articles I have read include statements from students who were familiar with Cruz, their descriptions of him suggesting they were leery of him when he was a student.
This school shooting was the 18th to occur so far this year, and 2018 is only in its second calendar month.
Many posts circulating social media acknowledge the victims of this tragedy, one being the death of Aaron Feis, an assistant coach for the high school football team who gave his life in an attempt to protect students from the shooter.
I truly find it difficult to comprehend the sadness and anger I feel towards the occurrence of gun violence in the United States of America. I struggle to understand how much more violence it will take for something to be done about the possession of guns in America, and my heart aches for the friends and families of the victims of this shooting, as well as all shootings that have occurred in the past.