Last week, a high school in Florida was struck by a act of senseless brutality which ended up in a tragedy that brought the whole country, and the rest of the free world, to a standstill.
On Wednesday afternoon, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with a semi-automatic rifle. According to authorities, he went on to kill 17 people and inure dozens more in the senseless gun rampage.
Although high schools in America have held regular ‘active shooter drills’ for some years now, it’s a whole new experience when it happens for real.
As the harrowing situation unfolded, the school’s terrified students texted their families from where they were hiding in closets and classrooms, waiting to be rescued by the authorities who had arrived on the scene.
Most of the kids were just too petrified to call and risk being heard by the killer, so a lot of them texted their loved ones thinking they were typing their last words.
During and after the event, these text exchanges began to appear online, and they make for pretty fascinating reading. We have collected a few of them below, but before we begin, a clarification: we will not be revealing the identity of any of these students, but you should know that they all escaped the situation safely.
As you can see above, this student told his parent, “If I don’t make it I love you and I appreciated everything you did for me.” Imagine how it must have felt as a parent to recieve that message from your child.
In situations such as this, schools are put on lockdown, and this shooting was no exception. While this is obviously done for safety reasons, it is agony for the parents, who know that, until the scene has been cleared by authorities, there is nothing they personally can do to help their child.
All they can do is offer advice, as this dad did:
As you can see, the father told him to “stay hidden and play dead with an active shooter”, which seems like the best advice you could give in that unimaginable situation.