Wednesday, April 18, 2018

P is for Parkland - Stoneman Douglas School

Feb. 14, 2018.  Parkland Florida.  I was on vacation in Florida at this time and I remember this appearing on the news, very well.

This account is from Wikipedia.
On February 14, 2018, a mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people were killed and seventeen more were wounded, making it one of the world's deadliest school massacres.

The shooter was at the school near dismissal time, armed with a semi-automatic rifle.  He activated a fire alarm and began firing indiscriminately at students and teachers. The fire alarm caused confusion because there had been a fire drill earlier in the day.  The shooting lasted six minutes, after which the perpetrator dropped his rifle on the 3rd floor of the building and left the scene by blending in with fleeing students. He was later apprehended.

The fourteen students and three staff members killed were:

Alyssa Alhadeff, 14
Scott Beigel, 35
Martin Duque, 14
Nicholas Dworet, 17
Aaron Feis, 37
Jaime Guttenberg, 14
Chris Hixon, 49
Luke Hoyer, 15
Cara Loughran, 14
Gina Montalto, 14
Joaquin Oliver, 17
Alaina Petty, 14
Meadow Pollack, 18
Helena Ramsay, 17
Alex Schachter, 14
Carmen Schentrup, 16
Peter Wang, 15

Geography teacher Scott Beigel was killed after he unlocked a classroom for students to enter and hide from the gunman. Aaron Feis, an assistant football coach and security guard, was shot and killed as he shielded two students. Chris Hixon, the school's athletic director, was killed as he ran toward the sound of the gunfire and tried to help fleeing students.

Remember the victims.


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