A 19-Year-Old Former Student Killed 17 People at a High School in Florida

February 15, 2018

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I hate the fact the I'm even doing this!

As most of you know by now, there was ANOTHER horrible school shooting yesterday.

It happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and seventeen people were killed.  Parkland is in southeast Florida, about half an hour north of Fort Lauderdale.

This makes it one of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, and the fourth-deadliest school shooting to date. 

The very sad news is that we've already had EIGHTEENTH school shooting in America in 2018.  It's only February 15th!  What kind of society do we live in?

The shooter is a 19-year-old former student at the school named Nikolas Cruz.  He was expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons and according to the police, his social media history is, quote, "very, very disturbing."

He posted about guns and violence, talked about killing people with an AR-15 assault rifle, and posed with BB guns, shotguns, and knives.  Other students have talked about how he was a loner.

Ther are reports that he may have pulled a fire alarm to draw kids out of class towards the end of the day, and make the death toll as high as possible . . . he had multiple magazines with him.

The shooter initially got away afterwards, maybe by blending in with other kids who were running away.  But the police quickly caught him, and now he's in custody.  The shooter's motive isn't clear right now, but it turns out he was adopted, and both of his adopted parents were dead.

(You can see a video of his arrest and other videos from the scene here, and a disturbing video of kids hiding during the shooting here.

(CNN / Los Angeles Times / Fox News)