Parkland Shooting

Tragedy Strikes Flordia


A person mourns victims of the Parkland shooting (courtesy of CNN).

Lilly Wilt, Staff Writer

On Wednesday, February 14, Nikolas Cruz opened fire with an AR-15 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. CNBC  claims that the Parkland shooting marks the 17th school shooting in the U.S. for 2018. In the shooting, 17 people were killed and 14 were injured.

According to CNN, the names of the victims are:

  • Aaron Feis, 37-year-old assistant football coach and campus monitor
  • Jamie Guttenburg, 14-year-old freshman
  • Martin Duque, 14-year-old freshman
  • Scott Beigel, 35- year-old geography teacher and cross country coach
  • Alaina Petty, 14-year-old freshman
  • Gina Montalto, 14-year-old freshman
  • Nicholas Dworet, 17-year-old senior
  • Joaquin Oliver, 17-year-old senior
  • Alyssa Alhadeff, 14-year-old freshman
  • Meadow Pollack, 18-year-old senior
  • Peter Wang, 15-year-old freshman
  • Carmen Schentrup, 16-year-old senior
  • Cara Loughran, 14-year-old freshman
  • Alex Schachter, 14-year-old freshman
  • Luke Hoyer, 15-year-old freshman
  • Helena Ramsay, 17-year-old senior
  • Christopher Hixon, 49-year-old athletic director, wrestling coach, and security specialist

According to the Washington Post, many of the survivors, such as Emma Gonzalez and David Hog, have been pushing for more gun control laws since the shooting happened. Some of the ways students across the nation have been protesting is walking out of classes and traveling to state capitals (The New York Times).

CNN says that this isn’t the first mass shooting of 2018, but it is one of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in American history.