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The After Effects of the Florida School Shooting

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The After Effects of the Florida School Shooting

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Bianca Gichimu and Nick Martin, News Writers

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On Tuesday, February 13th at 2:21 p.m, nineteen year-old Nikolas Cruz entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school and went on a killing spree. At the end of the massacre at 2:27 p.m, Cruz dropped his weapon and hid among the crowd of students and faculty. He then ran away from the scene. Police later captured Cruz an hour later in Coral Springs which is a mile away from the high school.

 

On Thursday he was charged with seventeen accounts of murder, fourteen others were injured. This massacre had the highest death toll since the Columbine massacre that took the lives of thirteen students. On Thursday President Trump addressed the nation and gave his condolences to the families of the victims. He promised to work with local leaders to keep our schools more secure than they once were.

 

A memorial service was created to mourn the students including two JROTC cadets that were killed helping students get out of the school, they were rewarded with medals of heroism for their bravery during the massacre. I spoke with Hayden Lawler about if students should be concerned about their safety, she responded saying “I am concerned because it’s scary to think that it’s just going to be a normal day and that all could change with someone shooting up the school”. A few days after the shooting,

dozens of students from across the country protested about having more gun safety laws, even some of our Gilbert schools had a walkout to join the protests. Today families are still in mourning for their children they lost in this terrible tragedy. Schools can not change gun laws but they can train their students how to react in a dangerous situation.

         Schools have begun to reduce the lock down drills and improve on “active shooter drills.” Colorado High School did this kind of drill to better prepare their students. Bok Kolasky, an acting deputy under secretary for the Department of Homeland Security says, “There is chaos, the more you have got protocols in place, the more prepared you are, the better your chances of survival.” The government has come up with the strategy of “run, hide, fight.”

 

Lockdowns go with the hiding strategy but something uncalled for, such as a police officer pretending to be a school shooter type of drill, is certain to prepare people. Yet the principal of Higley High School, Nancy Diab Scott says, “It’s traumatizing, so I don’t want to put them into that situation.” There is a debate of whether to use these drills since it does have its advantages and possible disadvantages such as the one described.

 

A San Francisco 7th grade teacher, Philip Timothy says, “A few of my students ask if I would do anything to save them in an event of a school shooter. I can’t answer of event even though I want to reassure them. I really don’t know, and I don’t know how to express all those complicated feelings.”

 

Some schools support the “active shooter drills” because some students and teachers literally have no idea what to do if they were put in that situation. In an active school shooter drill, the trained officers barge in the classrooms pretending to be a shooter while the students hide behind desks. Even if they are police officers, for the drills, they use fake guns.

 

Also, some students already have the door locked with chairs and anything heavy to keep the door still tightly closed so all they can hear are officers screaming as i fhe were the shooter. The government wants all schools to do this active shooter drills so this also includes preschool. Parent reactions to active-shooter training for kids recorded by Washington Post, Jordan, a mother says, “My four year old had an active shooter drill.”

 

All because of school shootings now even drills become more physical. Another reaction recorded by Washington Post, Mara Jade, a parent says, “My kids had an active shooter drill. We used to teach kids to get under the desk incase a foreign enemy attacked. Now the enemy is within.” Some teachers thought it was not a drill so they became really panicked which just proves how realistic these active shooter drills can be.

 

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