Sarah Crescitelli leans on her mother, Stacy Crescitelli (L) after she escaped the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida.Text messages sent during the Florida high school shooting depicted the harrowing reality of the incident.Parents texted their children advice on how to respond during an active-shooter situation.The student was reportedly safe, according to WSVN-7 News.Another text from a parent to his 14-year-old son provided advice during the incident:"Yeah there was a couple I heard too," the son replied.
The shooter, identified by the Associated Press as 19-year-old Nicolas “Nick” de Jesus Cruz reportedly fired the first shot at around 2:30pm local time, moments before students were dismissed from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for the day.Cruz was reportedly expelled for disciplinary reasons.One teacher revealed he wasn’t allowed on school grounds with a backpack after a previous incident that involved threatening another student.Little is known about the suspect, other than student comments that revealed he was “creepy and weird.”From what we were able to find on archived versions of his social media accounts, in addition to comments pieced together from those who knew him, Cruz appeared to be a gun-obsessed teen that was pro-Trump, anti-Muslim, and seemingly liked to torture small animals.“He was psycho, for sure,” a student who knew Cruz told WPLG-TV.
At least 17 people are dead and 15 others injured after a shooting at a south Florida high school allegedly carried out by an ex-pupil who had previously been expelled.A gun control group said it was the 18th shooting in the US this year that occurred on or around school premises.Television footage showed images of bewildered students streaming out of the building with hands raised in the air, as emergency services personnel swarmed the area.At a press conference on Wednesday evening, the Broward County Sheriff’s Department said 12 victims had died inside the building, two outside of the building, one on the street and two in the hospital.As a high school freshman, Cruz was part of the US military-sponsored Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corp program at the school, according to Jillian Davis, 19, a recent graduate and former fellow JROTC member at Stoneman Douglas High.One unidentified student, speaking to local station WSVN, said he knows the suspect and that the young man had shown him photos of a gun collection he owned.
As social media platforms face the backlash of fake news, networks are changing how news is displayed in the feeds.Facebook is showing less news — but now Twitter is doing the opposite and placing live, breaking news videos in a prominent spot at the side of user’s timelines.The move expands Twitter’s push for live video and algorithmically displays related news tweets.For users in the United States, the new feature meant watching Wednesday’s shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School unfold through live local coverage from a Miami-based news station.Users could watch the footage in the sidebar, or click on the coverage to see both the live video and tweets related to the February 14 tragedy that killed 17.BuzzFeed said the footage had more than 50,000 viewers at one time.
Twitter tested a new livestreaming service which allows users to watch local news coverage of events live — by broadcasting during a terrifying school shooting.During the crisis in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a former student shot and killed 17 people, Twitter showed users a livestream of news coverage from Miami’s local WSVN 7.When users searched for information about the shooting, the livestream appeared on the same page as tweetsAccording to Buzzfeed News, the use of the streaming was part of a test of Twitter’s new partnerships with local news stations.Judging by the fact that over 50,000 viewers watched the stream, it was a successful test.Kayvon Beykpour, Twitter’s general manager of video, told Buzzfeed, “We’re continuing to work on new ways we can surface credible and relevant information to help people stay informed.”
Twitter users tried to hamper a newspaper reporter's efforts to cover the deadly high school shooting in Florida on Wednesday by harassing her and doctoring her tweets.The Miami Herald's Alex Harris reached out to some students at the school in Parkland, Florida, for more information and soon discovered Twitter users sending fake screenshots of her tweets.She said one person in particular seemed to follow her every move, trying to put up obstacles to her"He would follow my tweets and every time I tweeted at someone, he would reply, 'Don't talk to her, she's been harassing students,'" she said."People kept saying, 'Don't talk to her, she's racist,' and it just kept getting worse."She told the news outlet she began reporting the tweets almost immediately, but Twitter didn't take them down.
Parkland, Florida mass shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz — who currently faces 17 counts of murder for his alleged shooting spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — was able legally to purchase the semi-automatic rifle he used to carry out the attack without a waiting period or permit.The AR-15 he used is widely available in the United States and exists for the sole purpose of killing human beings, but according to some Republican politicians, it’s violent video games that should be blamed for mass shootings in America rather than gun laws.Florida congressman Brian Mast spoke with NPR regarding the attack on Friday morning.Mast downplayed the effect that stricter gun laws would have had on stopping the mass shooting, instead blaming entertainment for its alleged role in encouraging such an act.“What do we do with the biggest pusher of violence?” Mast said in the interview.“The biggest pusher of violence is, hands down, Hollywood movies [and] hands down, the video game market.
It comes after every shooting involving a young person, with the predictability of the sun rise.Governor Bevin raised the subject while speaking with radio host Leland Conway the Thursday after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.While the initial topic was gun control, Bevin brought it around to “culture” by implying a cultural shift was to blame for the rise of school shootings.We have a cultural problem in America and people have got to face up to this … And then you look at the culture of death that is being celebrated.There are video games that, yes, are listed for mature audiences, but kids play them and everybody knows it — and there’s nothing to prevent the child from playing them — that celebrate the slaughtering of people.There are games that literally replicate and give people the ability to score points for doing the very same things that these students are doing inside of schools, where you get extra points for finishing someone off whose lying there begging for their life.
The Big Tech platforms Facebook, Google, and Twitter have made several efforts to combat fake news and abuse.The tweets showed images of Harris' account that were fudged to look like she was asking people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for photos of dead bodies and whether or not the shooter was white.In response to a BuzzFeed story on the matter, Twitter said the fake tweets impersonating Harris weren't a violation of its policies, despite the fact that Harris said she was harassed by other Twitter users as the fakes spread.(Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted that he would investigate the matter after BuzzFeed's story published Thursday.Twitter also pointed to a section of its policy that says the real-time nature of the platform means that people can fact-check fake tweets like the ones that impersonated Harris — which is probably little comfort for anybody who's ever been impersonated, and seen "their" tweets go viral.But there are also consequences for those mistakes at responsible news organizations.
He quoted the bible, sent prayers, and encouraged Americans to ‘strive for a much better tomorrow’.The onus was apparently on the people who had been helplessly shot at to do the striving.For whilst sobbing students screamed into microphones, begging for gun control and rational response, all Trump could do was take to Twitter to place blame on everything but his beloved second amendment.Get back to the basics and make us all proud!’Away from the guidelines of a pre-drafted script, Trump’s remarks sounded far less sympathetic, far more self serving and far more, well, Trump-ish.Ever one to find a way to be smug and selfish in the face of tragedy, Trump somehow managed to make a school shooting about himself and a way to political point score.
After Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, thousands of tweets poured in using the hashtag guncontrolnow and jumped on the trending topic Parklandshooting.These weren't coming from Americans with thoughts on the country's gun-rights debate.Among the most tweeted two words from the Russian bots were "gun control" and "school shooting," according to, a tracking website that follows 1,500 propaganda bots on Twitter.It's a strategy direct from the Russian trolling playbook: Jump on a hot button issue and stir outrage on both sides of the argument.Despite the grilling these companies have received since the 2016 election, the bot influence didn't end.And it didn't end Friday, with the US government's indictment of the Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll factory that's spread chaos across social media.
Less than a week after the devastating shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school left 17 people dead, Florida lawmakers rejected an attempt to discuss a ban on assault weapons.The Florida House voted 36-71 on Tuesday (20 February) against a motion to consider the bill that would have banned the sale or possession of automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines such as the AR-15 assault rifle used by the gunman who opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day.The shooter was later identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz.The tragic incident triggered widespread calls for action on gun control with many student survivors of the Parkland shooting pushing lawmakers and the White House for tougher gun legislation.As the Florida House voted against considering the bill, many students from the school looked on from the gallery and broke into tears after the vote, Local10 News reported.The vote against bringing the bill to the House floor also happened to come the same day Florida lawmakers voted for legislation that declared pornography a "public health threat".
Her high school—suddenly ground zero for a national youth movement combating school gun violence—lies only 20 minutes south of Sandy Hook Elementary School.It was there, less than six years ago, that 20 children were gunned down, none more than seven years old.“I know people who had family members lost—but not me.”When news broke on Valentine’s Day that 17 people had been fatally shot at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Murdock says she was hardly shocked.The Twitter account she launched four days ago, @schoolwalkoutUS, has nearly 100,000 followers, and as of publication, nearly 78,000 people and counting have signed her petition calling for a national high school walkout on April 20th—a date she picked because it’s the anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, during which gunmen killed 12 students.On Friday, April 20th we want students to attend school and then promptly WALK-OUT at 10:00 am.
Two gun control groups, Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, have taken out a two-page ad in today’s The New York Times listing members of Congress who have accepted donations from the National Rifle Association.Following last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the groups created an action plan, ThrowThemOut.The ad, which cost $230,000 and was created by the groups with help from strategic communications firm SKDK, is part of that plan.“We are having a national conversation right now about this issue,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.One way to act is to call your representative, to have knowledge when you do of how much that lawmaker took from the NRA and how it might impact their vote on gun safety.To be able to see the list and then to take action is a very important part of democracy.”
Sara Smith, left, and her daughter Karina Smith visit a makeshift memorial outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and faculty were killed in a mass shooting on Wednesday, in Parkland, Florida.More than 50 employees from JetBlue, United, and other airlines attended the funeral for Gina Montalto, who was killed in the recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and whose father is a pilot for United.Montalto's parents set up a GoFundMe to raise money for a scholarship fund in her name focused on secondary education.The response to the shooting, which killed 17 people, has increased the conversation around gun control, as many have called for restricted access to automatic weapons, like the AR-15 rifle that was used in the shooting.Dozens of employees from JetBlue, United, and other airlines attended the funeral for Gina Rose Montalto — who was killed in the recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and whose father is a pilot for United — according to a Twitter user who posted a photo of the funeral."What an amazing show of support and love during this devastating tragedy," she wrote.
People hug as they attend a candlelight memorial service for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people on February 15, 2018 in Parkland, Florida.Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesTwitter announced it will be using "anti-spam" and "anti-abuse" tools to protect survivors of the Parkland shooting from harassment on its platform, along with verifying several of the students' accounts.The survivors of the shooting had been targeted for harassment, with several conspiracy theories circulating on social media that the survivors are paid actors, or that the shooting itself was a "false flag."Several of the Parkland shooting survivors have become outspoken critics of the gun lobby.Twitter will be taking steps to protect the survivors of last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, after some of them were targeted for harassment across social media."Such behavior goes against everything we stand for at Twitter, and we are taking action on any content that violates our terms of service," the company tweeted from an official account.
1 trending video used footage from a CBS Los Angeles video to suggest that David Hogg, one of the survivors of last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., was an actor and not an actual student at the school.“Because the video contained footage from an authoritative news source, our system misclassified it.As soon as we became aware of the video, we removed it from Trending and from YouTube for violating our policies.We are working to improve our systems moving forward.”The since-deleted video suggested that based on a video posted by Hoggs last August, he was a “crisis actor.” Hoggs’ video, which was picked up by the local CBS affiliate, showed a confrontation with a lifeguard in Redondo Beach, Calif.The Up Next column on the right-hand side of the trending video provided links to similar content, including another now-deleted clip entitled “David Hogg Can’t Remember His Lines When Interviewed for Florida [S]chool [S]hooting,” which claimed that Hogg was “practicing his lines” for interviews after last week’s shooting.
This time around, flailing attempts to discredit the testimony of a teenager who experienced the brutal murder of his classmates has pointed to everything from his father’s former employment in the FBI to his appearance in California last summer as “evidence” he’s an anti-gun operative.The most virulent strains of this delusional thinking even suggest Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was some sort of armed facility.It’s time to show this was a military school and the Media is ignoring the fact they train them with guns then call for civilians to lose theirs!Last month, professional jackass Logan Paul uploaded an inappropriately light-hearted vlog from Japan’s “suicide forest” that featured the body of a man who had hung himself in that video’s thumbnail image.It quickly became a trending video before Paul—not YouTube—took it down.In an email to Gizmodo, the platform claimed that the trending videos section is not moderated by humans, and due to its constantly changing nature, cannot be.
Students and parents affected by mass shootings have met with Donald Trump at the White House during an emotional ‘listening session’ where many pleaded for meaningful action to curb gun violence.During a powerful and heart-breaking session, survivors and family members stood up and called on US politicians to come up with solutions to gun violence.Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was killed last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, said: “We’re here because my daughter has no voice.Shot nine times on the third floor.We as a country failed our children.I’m not going to sleep until it gets fixed.”
Guns don't kill people, but video games might.That might, at least, be one interpretation from remarks made by Donald Trump during a meeting on Thursday with state and local officials in Florida.The meeting was to discuss safety in schools after the tragic Feb. 14 shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.The president seemed to set his sights on the entertainment industry and even the internet itself.He began by suggesting that the internet's influence on young minds should be examined.Much research has been done to see if there is, indeed, a link between violent video games and violent acts.