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Post-Columbine generation demands action on guns: 'We don't deserve this'

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Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school attend a memorial following the attack that killed 17 students and teachers. Unsure whether he would be a victim or survivor of the mass shooting taking place outside his Florida classroom, 14-year-old Aidan Minoff sent an eight-word tweet. “I am in a school shooting right now ... ” Aidan said, before the world knew the day would end with 17 students and teachers dead.

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School Massacre Survivor: Every Teacher Should Know 'That They're a Hero'

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Authorities said they'd received 20 calls about Nikolas Cruz over the last few years.

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Lawmakers Will Work To Demolish Site Of Horrific Florida Shooting

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Florida lawmakers are hoping the students and teachers of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will never again have to set foot in the building where a gunman killed 17 of their own.

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At schools across the U.S., teachers face tough questions

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At a middle school 20 minutes away from the scene of Wednesday's tragedy, drama teacher Meagan Nagy cleaned out a closet with her students so they could see: There's a place to hide if this happens here.

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DeVos and Democrats Urge Congress to Hold Hearings on School Shootings

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Asked whether she believed teachers should be allowed and trained to carry weapons, Betsy DeVos said only that it was “an important issue for all states to grapple with and to tackle.”

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At schools across the U.S., teachers face tough questions

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At a middle school 20 minutes away from the scene of Wednesday's tragedy, drama teacher Meagan Nagy cleaned out a closet with her students so they could see: There's a place to hide if this happens here.

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Lives cut short

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February 18, 2018 5:00 AM
Seventeen students and teachers were killed on Wednesday in the second-deadliest shooting at a US public school. Here are the stories of some of those who died.

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Florida shooting: Nikolas Cruz, teenager charged with 17 murders, was trained by white supremacist group

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The teenage gunman charged with unleashing one of America’s worst school shootings had been trained by a white supremacist paramilitary group, and may have chosen Valentine’s Day to strike after the end of a relationship with a girlfriend. Nikolas Cruz, 19, described by fellow pupils as a “weird and racist” gun-obsessed loner, has been charged with murdering 17 people at his former school in Parkland, an affluent suburb north of Miami, Florida. According to one of the group’s leaders, Cruz trained with Republic of Florida, which campaigns for a “white ethno-state”. Jordan Jereb said Cruz had probably relied on his training to carry out the attack, but had not been told to do so by anybody at the organisation. He said Cruz “acted on his own behalf” and was “solely responsible for what he just did”. Jereb also said Cruz had “trouble with a girl” and the Valentine’s Day timing was probably not a coincidence. It also emerged that Cruz had previously been treated at a mental health clinic, but was still able to legally purchase an AR-15 rifle, and large amounts of ammunition, passing a background check in February 2017. Melissa McNeil, Cruz’s lawyer, said he suffered from autism. She added: “The child is deeply troubled and he has endured significant trauma that stems from the loss of his mother.” Immediately after the shooting Cruz went to a nearby Subway restaurant and bought a drink. Then he moved to a McDonald’s and “sat down for a short period of time,” local sheriff Scott Israel said. He then left and was arrested 40 minutes later. Cruz was placed on suicide watch in jail. Gun related incidents at US schools this year Donald Trump delivered a sombre address from the White House after the 18th school shooting in the country this year, but he avoided any mention of curbing access to guns. Instead, the US president said he would “tackle the difficult issue of mental health” and that there had been “so many signs” that Cruz was “mentally disturbed.” He added on Twitter: “Neighbours and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!”  Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, said: “It cannot be denied that something dangerous and unhealthy is happening. We are going to take action. We must reverse these trends.” And Rick Scott, the Florida governor, said: “If someone is mentally ill, they can’t have access to a gun.” Barack Obama, the former president, said on Twitter: “Until we can honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep them [our kids] safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun-safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change.” We are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless. Caring for our kids is our first job. And until we can honestly say that we're doing enough to keep them safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 15, 2018 Survivors of the mass shooting also demanded action. David Hogg, a pupil who witnessed it, said: “We’re children. You guys are the adults. You need to take some action and play a role. Work together, come over your politics, and get something done.” Another pupil named Sarah wrote on Twitter: “Multiple of my fellow classmates are dead, Do something instead of sending prayers. Prayers won’t fix this. But gun control will prevent it from happening again.” Suspect Nikolas Cruz, left, with public defender Melisa McNeille, making an appearance before Judge Kim Theresa Mollica in Broward County Court Credit:  Susan Stocker Last night, Cruz made his first court appearance, dressed in an orange jumpsuit with his hands shackled to his waist. Asked to confirm his name he told the judge: “Yes Ma’am”. He was ordered to be held without bail. It had earlier emerged that there had been a litany of missed warnings about Cruz. Last year, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sent an email to its teachers telling them not to let Cruz on site if carrying a backpack, after bullets were found in his bag. This photo posted on the Instagram account of Nikolas Cruz shows a weapon being held Credit: Instagram He was then expelled after fighting with the boyfriend of an ex-girlfriend, according to a fellow pupil. On Sept 24, a YouTube user calling themselves Nikolas Cruz posted a message saying: “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.” It was left on the YouTube page of Ben Bennight, a bail bondsman in Mississippi, who immediately reported it to both YouTube and the FBI. The following day he was visited by two FBI agents, who took photographs of the post. Mr Bennight next heard from the FBI on Wednesday, half an hour after Cruz was arrested. An agent left a message saying: “If you wouldn’t mind giving me a ring…” Robert Laskey, an FBI Special Agent, said the message in September had been investigated. He said: “The FBI conducted database reviews, checks, but was unable to further identify the person who made the comment.” Cruz was born in New York but adopted as an infant, along with his brother, by Roger and Lynda Cruz. Roger Cruz died of a heart attack when Cruz was a child. Students grieve after Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School  Credit:  Joel Auerbach Lynda Cruz died of pneumonia on Nov 1 last year and he moved in with another family.  Jim Lewis, a lawyer for the family with whom Cruz was living at the time of the shooting, said: “There was no indication that anything severe like this was wrong. Just a mildly troubled kid who’d lost his mother.” However, fellow pupils said they had always feared Cruz would “shoot the place up”. Dakota Mutchler, 17, said: “I think everyone had in their minds, if anybody was going to do it, it was going to be him.”

Anger bubbles over at funerals for Florida shooting victims

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Anger bubbles over at funerals for students and teachers killed in Florida school shooting

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Sen. Chris Murphy: "There's zero evidence...that more guns leads to less gun crime."

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The Connecticut senator responds to Ed. Secretary Betsy DeVos's comment that schools have "option" to arm teachers

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