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In the first chaotic moments after a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., 81 people called 911 desperate for help.

NY Times

“…..The office released recordings of 10 calls that sometimes depict panicked parents furiously texting their children at the school and relaying information to law enforcement.….”


The California State University system released an active shooter safety video to help prepare students for the potential threat of a gunman on its 23 campuses.

Confronting an active shooter: “There is no level of response that is going to be inappropriate.”

NY Times

Look around you. Where are the exits?   

Hide:  “….Dart into a room, closet, anywhere there is a door to lock, or at least to close and barricade. A room near an elevator is good because there is likely to be reinforced construction at the core of the building…”

Turn off lights.

Stay low in your hiding place


“….scissors, bookends, chairs, a hammer, kettle bells, heavy doorstops…….

If you are strong enough, wrestle or jump the gunman if he stops to reload, which could take just seconds….

“There is no level of response that is going to be inappropriate,” Dr. Blair said. “I would encourage you to not go softly.”……”

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL: Minute-by-Minute


“…..Wed., Feb. 14

2:19 p.m.

Police say Cruz is dropped off at the school by an Uber driver. The school is preparing for dismissal as he arrives so the gates are unlocked to allow cars and buses to enter.

Wearing a school shirt, he carries a black duffle bag and a black backpack inside.

Reports say a school staffer recognizes Cruz and warns a co-worker by radio.

2:20 p.m.

A 15-year-old student says he encounters Cruz loading a rifle inside a second-floor bathroom, according to news sources. “You’d better get out of here,” Cruz tells the student. “Things are going to start getting messy.” The student flees and alerts a staffer.

2:21 p.m.

Police say Cruz activates a fire alarm inside the school. Students begin to evacuate. Cruz opens fire with a .223 caliber AK-15 semiautomatic rifle in a first-floor hallway. Hearing the shots, a staffer broadcasts a  “Code Red” alert over the intercom, signaling a campus lockdown.

Students and teachers take cover in classrooms. Some students flee the school and take cover at a nearby Walmart. Cruz fires into four classrooms and goes to the second floor, continuing to shoot. Police later calculate that more than 100 rounds are fired.

2:23 p.m.

Police receive multiple 911 calls of shooting taking place.

2:25 p.m.

The shooting stops……..”

The 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history


1. The Harvest Music Festival: 58 killed
October 1, 2017
2. Pulse night club: 49 killed
June 12, 2016
3. Virginia Tech: 32 killed
April 16, 2007
4. Sandy Hook: 27 killed
December 14, 2012
5. First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs: 26 killed
November 5, 2017
6. Luby’s Cafeteria: 23 killed
October 16, 1991
7. McDonald’s in San Ysidro: 21 killed
July 18, 1984
8. University of Texas: 18 killed
August 1, 1966
9. High school in Parkland, Florida: At least 17 killed
February 14, 2018
10. San Bernardino: 14 killed
December 2, 2015
10. Edmond, Oklahoma: 14 killed
August 20, 1986





School shootings in the U.S. since Columbine



  • 50 – The number of mass murders or attempted mass murders at a school since Columbine.
  • 141 – People killed in a mass murder or attempted mass murder at a school since Columbine.
  • 73 – The percentage of school shooters with no prior criminal record
  • 96 – The percentage of school shooters = male.
  • 17 – The number of kids aged 15 or younger who have committed or attempted a mass school shooting since Columbine.
  • 81 – The percentage of school shootings where someone had information that the attacker was thinking about or planning the shooting.
  • 68 – The percentage of school shooters who got their guns from relatives or at home.
  • 65 – The number of school shooters and thwarted school shooters who have referenced Columbine as a motivation.
  • 270 – The number of shootings of any kind at a school since Columbine.
  • 1 – The number of shootings per week, on average, on a school or college campus in 2015.
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At least 17 people killed in the latest burst of deadly violence to erupt inside an American school.

Washington Post


Active shooter at Florida school today


Benton, Kentucky: Two students were killed Tuesday and 18 other people were wounded when a 15-year-old boy armed with a handgun opened fire inside Marshall County High School



Kentucky school shooting: 1 dead & at least 1/2 dozen wounded. Shooter in custody;


Governor Matt Bevin


Tragic shooting at Marshall County HS…Shooter is in custody, one confirmed fatality, multiple others wounded…Much yet unknown…Please do not speculate or spread hearsay…Let’s let the first responders do their job and be grateful that they are there to do it for us…


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