Here's what Parkland students, parents are saying about Texas school shooting

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School survivors sound off on Twitter

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor, Todd Tongen - Anchor/Reporter

PARKLAND, Fla. - Survivors from the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tweeted their support Friday for those affected by the school shooting in Texas.

"My heart is so heavy for the students of Santa Fe High School," Jaclyn Corin posted. "It's an all too familiar feeling no one should have to experience. I am so sorry this epidemic touched your town - Parkland will stand with you now and forever."

Some student activists who have fought for stricter gun control legislation both in Florida and nationwide criticized President Donald Trump after the shooting.

Cameron Kasky slammed Trump while responding to the president's tweet that stated, "School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!"

"Treating it like a sports game you sick bastard," Kasky wrote.

In another tweet, Kasky said, "At least 8 students have been shot and killed at Santa Fe High School. Prepare to watch the NRA boast about getting higher donations. Prepare to see students rise up and be called 'civil terrorists' and crisis actors. Prepare for the right-wing media to attack the survivors."

Parents of those killed in the Valentine's Day shooting in Parkland also responded to reports about the fatal shooting in Texas, saying we need action from our nation's leaders now.

"This has been my fear since February 14th, that another mass casualty shooting would happen before we did anything," Jaime Guttenberg's father, Fred Guttenberg, posted on Twitter. "Now, we have eight more children dead and our leadership in Washington has done nothing. We do not need thoughts and prayers, we need action and we need it now."

Local 10 News reporter Todd Tongen was at Stoneman Douglas Friday afternoon as students were being dismissed for the day.

"I don't want to talk about it, just because it is so sad and everything, but I want to talk about it because if we don't talk about it, nothing is going to happen," junior student Zach Jordan said. 

That was a shared reaction most everyone Tongen spoke with had at the Parkland school after learning of the mass casualty shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.

Stoneman Douglas remains under extremely heavy security following the Valentine's Day shooting that left 17 dead.

"It just seems like the new norm, especially at a high school where there is, like, a big number of casualties," MSD junior Madison Moskowitz said. "It obviously upsets us as students that had to live through a shooting."

Friday was supposed to be a day of promise and pride, as it was the seniors' last day of school. It was anything but.

"I kind of, like, went back in time a little bit and felt the same emotions I felt when our school was under attack," MSD senior Taha Khalaff said. 

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