Following the mass shooting earlier this week at Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, young survivors and their parents alike began sharing their text messages to the media to help highlight the horror they had experienced.
One particularly chilling series of text messages between survivor Sarah Crescitelli and her parents ought to remind us all to never take life for granted, no matter what seemingly insurmountable tribulations we sometimes face.
As Crescitelli hid in a bathroom at the school during alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz’ rampage, she texted her parents, “If I don’t make it I love you and I appreciated everything you did for me,” according to Miami Herald reporter Chabeli Herrera.
That’s heart-wrenching. Their exchange may be seen below:
In another series of text messages obtained by Miami Herald reporter Carli Teproff, the parents of a 14-year-old boy pleaded with their son, asking whether it was “even possible” for them to retrieve him from school.
“It’s not over we are on lockdown,” the son soberly replied. “No it’s not possible. You could get hurt.”
“Ok. Stay safe buddy. Love you,” the kid’s dad replied. “Be safe man. Stay hidden or play dead if there is an active shooter.”
Thankfully, the family later reunited outside Stoneman Douglas High School around 5:30 pm, roughly an hour after Cruz had reportedly been apprehended. View this exchange below:
Though the horrific shooting only directly affected those at Stoneman Douglas High School, others felt the repercussions as well, including Rachel Friedman, the mother of a young girl who attends a middle school next to Douglas.
“Hey mom it’s Ayla there are people with guns at our school and there are a line of police at our school,” her daughter texted her during the shooting, as reported by The Boston Globe.
“No Ayla no ones shooting at your school. It happened at the high school. You’re ok. The police will protect you,” Friedman replied.
She later reportedly shared a screenshot of this exchange to her Facebook page and captioned it with the following heartbreaking words: “This is one text you don’t ever want from your child.”
As reported by People magazine, the suspect “is being held without bond” and “has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.”
He will either wind up spending the rest of his life in prison our being put to death via the death penalty. Either way, he deserves everything coming his way.
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