President Trump Responds to Florida School Shooting


President Donald Trump responded to the shooting at a Florida high school Wednesday afternoon.

“My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school,” he said.

The shooting was at Majority Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland according to WSVN. The Margate Fire Rescue team described it as a mass casualty incident because at least 20 people have been injured.

At least one person is dead, according to the New York Post.

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Florida Sen. Bill Nelson told Fox News that “there are many deaths.”

An anonymous student told WSVN that he knew the shooter.

“He’s been a troubled kid, and he’s always had a certain amount of issues going on,” he said. “He shot guns because he felt it gave him, I guess, an exhilarating feeling.”

The student added, “I stayed clear of him most of the time. My time in alternate school, I did not want to be with him at all because I didn’t want to cause any conflict with him at all because I didn’t want to cause any conflict with him because of the impression he gave off.”

One student told CNN breaking news reporter Veronica Rocha that the students thought it was a fire drill, according to CNN.

“We all thought it was a fire drill because we had one previously today,” he said. “And we thought it was so no one was that nervous, but then word started going around that it was shots and not just like something else, everyone just started running towards the canal.”

The suspect is now in police custody, but the scene is still active.

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Dozens of law enforcement vehicles are on site, including one tank, according to CNN.

Gov. Rick Scott said on Twitter that he has spoken with Broward Sheriff Scott Israel and will “continue to receive updates from law enforcement.”

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
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