Students post their stories about school shooting

Law enforcement officials were on high alert in Parkland, Florida, after former student Nikolas Cruz, 19, opened fire in his former school, killing 17 people. (Photo by Andrew Innerarity/Reuters) The devastating high school shooting…

Students post their stories about school shooting

Law enforcement officials were on high alert in Parkland, Florida, after former student Nikolas Cruz, 19, opened fire in his former school, killing 17 people. (Photo by Andrew Innerarity/Reuters)

The devastating high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, captivated the nation as details emerged about the shooter, the victims and the response from law enforcement and first responders. The horror was particularly striking because, unlike mass shootings in previous years, this one unfolded in a quiet, suburban community with an affluent white demographic, where the shooter’s mother lived.

On Wednesday night, the students who were sheltered in their classrooms during the attack took to social media to share their side of the story. Students told the world that teachers had refused to leave their classrooms, leaving students on the floor for hours, pleading with them to stay safe.

This is what the #parkland shooting looked like in my classroom pic.twitter.com/wfQyzVr9Cu — lily (@lilykatz) February 15, 2018

Some students said they even witnessed students pulling the door shut in the shooter’s direction to prevent him from entering their classroom. Others even responded to Donald Trump, who said at the press conference that most students were being “messed with” and had nothing to worry about. “You know what, Donald? The worst part of the job is coming into school, locking the door, turning off the light, making sure that everybody gets in, making sure the kids who aren’t your kids get out safely,” one student wrote.

I also heard a girl yell out, “Can’t you see me? Can’t you see me?” “Haha, shut up.” https://t.co/ekHX32Msfr — Gabby (@GabbyGutierrez) February 15, 2018

As the events unfolded live, students and their classmates began to thank and congratulate each other for being able to handle the situation.

See more tweets from students sheltering in their classrooms here.

H/T ThinkProgress

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