LIFE

During Florida High School Shooting Students Sent Heartbreaking ‘I Love You’ Messages To Family

by Kate Taylor
Kate is a writer who laughs at her own jokes and likes to pour too much hot sauce on her food.

UPDATE: February 16, 2018

The Broward Education Foundation has set up a GoFundMe page to help the families of the Parkland shooting victims. The Broward Sheriff’s Office has said this is the official account to make donations. You can contribute here.

ORIGINAL STORY 

A teen identified by authorities as a former student went on a shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018.

There are 17 known victims, including students and staff. More are in the hospital still fighting for their lives.

As anyone can imagine, the experience was horrific for everyone involved. Students huddled in their classrooms, praying for their lives.

A lot of the teens also used their phones to record the terror as it unfolded. A student named Aidan Minoff shared photos on Twitter of classmates hiding under desks with the chilling message: “My school is being shot up and I am locked inside. I’m f***ing scared right now.”

What is perhaps most heartbreaking are the text messages exchanged between students and their loved ones.

One especially emotional message from a student to her parents read, “If I don’t make it I love you and I appreciated everything you did for me,” according to a report from BuzzFeed News.

BuzzFeed also shared an exchange between a brother worried for his younger sister who attends the middle school nearby. Another student instructed his father not to let his mom come get him because she could get hurt.

CNN identified the suspected shooter as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who is in custody.

Footage and photo provided by KMGH Denver

[H/T: CNN]

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