On February 14, at least 17 people were killed during a horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Suspect Nikolas Cruz had allegedly been dropped off by an Uber at his former high school that afternoon, before he proceeded to carry out what is being called one of the deadliest school shootings in American history (using an AR-15 rifle he purchased legally). After the massacre, Cruz allegedly walked out with other students seeking safety, bought a soda at a Subway restaurant, and stopped at a McDonald’s in Coral Springs. He was then recognized on security footage and arrested.
As we continue to learn more about the case, here’s all our coverage related to the event so far:
Times Square Lights Up to Honor the Victims of the Florida School Shooting
“Each features the school’s mascot — the flying eagle — and the words, ‘In loving memory of the 17 lives lost, from your alumni across the nation’ are displayed on the bottom of two signs.”
Two Wounded Stoneman Douglas Survivors Are Suing Authorities Over the Shooting
“Laman has already undergone two surgeries to reconstruct the ligaments damaged as a bullet tore through his ankle and foot, the Sun-Sentinel reports, and is dealing with the trauma of gunman Nikolas Cruz allegedly looking him right in the eye before shooting. Borges remains hospitalized as he recovers from being shot five times in his legs and torso.”
6 Things You Can Do Right Now to Fight for Gun-Control
“In addition to calling out politicians for taking money from the gun lobby, you can also reach out to your elected officials (whether they’re affiliated with the NRA or not) to let them know just how important gun-control is to you.”
5 Tangible Steps Taken Toward Gun-Control Since the Florida School Shooting
“Of course, there is still much work needed to be done to prevent such attacks from taking place (and, just this week, a teacher in Georgia was arrested for firing a gun at school). But here are some of the small steps toward gun-control that have been taken so far since the Stoneman Douglas shooting.”
Parkland Shooting Survivor Asks Melania Trump to Stop Donald Jr. From Cyberbullying Her
“You say that your mission as First Lady is to stop cyber bullying, well then, don’t you think it would have been smart to have a convo with your stepson … before he liked a post about a false conspiracy theory which in turn put a target on my back.”
Teen Injured in School Shooting Completely Unimpressed by Trump
“Talking to the president, I’ve never been so unimpressed by a person in my life. He didn’t make me feel better in the slightest.”
Parkland-Shooting Survivor Logs Off Facebook After Death Threats
“Kasky and his classmates have been very vocal on Twitter since the shooting, something that has given immediate power to their movement. Being able to hear their voices — angry, hurt, scared, and unvarnished by parents or PR representation — is one of the perks of the social-media era that these kids grew up in. Of course, this also opens them up to attack.”
Trump Calls the NRA ‘Great People’ in Wake of Mass Shooting
“On Thursday, he called the gun right advocacy group ‘Great People and Great American Patriots’ who ‘love our Country and will do the right thing’ in a tweet. He added, ‘MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!’”
Read the Moving Poem Written by One of the Students Killed in Florida
“Life is like a roller coaster/ It has some ups and downs / Sometimes you can take it slow or very fast / It maybe hard to breath at times / But you have to push yourself and keep going”
The Most Incredible Moments From CNN’s Gun-Control Town Hall
“Diane Wolk Rogers, a Stoneman Douglas history teacher, asked Loesch to explain her definition of a ‘well-regulated militia’ and, using ‘supporting detail’, asked her to explain how an ‘18-year-old with a military rifle’ meets this definition.”
Trump Brought Notes Reminding Him to Listen to Shooting Victims
“For much of the event, the president sat quietly, his hands crossed, as he listened to survivors’ stories — a response that may have had to do with his preparations.”
Change Never Happens Until Young People Like Emma González Demand It
“This isn’t fair — kids shouldn’t have to fight their leaders to demand safety — but it isn’t surprising either. Students have been at the forefront of our country’s most powerful social movements, including the Civil Rights movement, and the feminist, environmental, and anti-war movements. Nor is it surprising that a young woman with a shaved head and the last name González has become a figurehead for #NeverAgain.”
Teens Stage Gun Control Protest at White House
“The demonstration was organized by a group called Teens for Gun Reform, led by 16-year-old high school juniors Whitney Bowen and Eleanor Nuechterlein.”
Florida School Shooting Survivors Will Lead Nationwide Demonstration
“‘Eleventh-grader Cameron Kasky to ABC, ‘People keep asking us, what about the Stoneman Douglas shooting is going to be different, because this has happened before and change hasn’t come? — This is it.’”
Stoneman Shooting Survivor Slams Lawmakers and Demands Gun Control
“The guns have changed, but our laws have not,” González said. “We certainly do not understand why it should be harder to make plans with friends on weekends than to buy an automatic or semi-automatic weapon.”
Florida Shooting Suspect Reportedly Talked About Killing Friends’ Families
“He posted pictures of like 15 or more firearms just on his bed, like this was normal, you could even see a hamper in the background. That’s how ordinary it was to him.”
Florida Shooting Suspect Reportedly Became Violently Jealous After Break-Up
According to screenshots provided to BuzzFeed, under a now-deleted Instagram account, Cruz messaged Sabadini, “Im going to watch ypu bleed,” and, “iam going to shoot you dead.”
What It’s Like Being a Teacher During a School Shooting
“I went to lock the doors, and found out that my key didn’t work on the very last one. We had to change our plan and barricade to create as many obstacles as we could. We tried to make it seem like it was a special drill so the kids didn’t get panicked. We used eye contact and hand gestures, we whispered to each other.”
Florida Students Protest After Stoneman Douglas Shooting
“According to one flyer, the protest aimed to show lawmakers that ‘We are angry and we want safety for our children,’ and to push for ‘extensive background checks,’ ‘elimination of the gun show loophole,’ and to ‘stop lobbying from the NRA.’”
Parents Are Buying Their Kids Bulletproof Backpacks
“Bulletproof backpacks are not at all a solution, but rather an indicator to me of the depth of this problem,” says Sharon Barr Skolnik, a 36-year-old mom of three in Florida.
The Psychological Explanation for Why We Become Desensitized to Mass Shootings
“Much of being a human being is just bumbling around and maintaining our lives and trying to be happy and feel safe,” Figley, says. “When an event like this takes place, we ask ourselves, ‘Right now, am I safe? Are my children safe?’ And if the answer is yes, then we ignore it, or compartmentalize, or get tunnel vision.”
My Grandfather Hid in a Closet During the First U.S. Shooting. I Did the Same at My Florida High School.
“On September 6, 1949, Carly Novell’s grandfather Charles Cohen hid in a closet in his home in Camden, New Jersey, during what is considered the first mass murder in American history. … Nearly 70 years later, Carly Novell, 17, found herself huddled in a closet during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday.”
Mom of Slain Parkland Student Screams at President Trump on CNN
“I just spent the last two hours putting [together] the burial arrangements for my daughter’s funeral, who’s 14!” Lori Alhadeff said into the camera. “President Trump, please do something! Do something. Action! We need it now! These kids need safety now!” Alhadeff yelled into a microphone as she cried.
These are the Students Who Died in the Florida School Shooting
“Among the victims of the massacre are several teenage students who had bright futures ahead of them — including a star swimmer who just signed to his college of choice, an avid soccer player, and a member of the school’s winter guard dance team.”
Student Survivor of Florida School Shooting Begs Politicians to Take Action
“We are children. You guys are the adults. Work together, come over your politics, and get something done,” student David Hogg said into the CNN camera.
These Are the Heroes of the Florida School Shooting
“As with previous school massacres — including the 2012 shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut — teachers, coaches, and janitors saved countless students from the violence (even, in certain instances, sacrificing their own lives).”
Everything We Know About the Florida Shooting Suspect
Suspect Nikolas Cruz, 19, currently faces 17 counts of premeditated murder. Here, everything we know about Cruz so far, from his expulsion from the school to his alleged abusive behavior toward his ex-girlfriend.
Every Attempt to Change Gun Laws Under Trump
“That isn’t to say that Republicans has been inactive on gun-related issues. Since President Trump took office, he and other Republicans have launched several efforts to loosen gun-control laws. There are also a handful of GOP lawmakers who expressed interest in fixing the gaps in existing laws that appeared to play a role in recent mass shootings — yet so far, nothing has come of those efforts. Here’s what Washington has been up to.”
Messages of Rage and Pain From the Teens Who Survived the Florida Shooting
“As more details emerge about the tragedy, it’s the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High who are providing the most harrowing public accounts of what unfolded. … The messages are upsetting, but they provide an unfiltered perspective of this horrific experience.”
Do School Shootings Happen Because Boys Are ‘Broken’?
“As the nation reels from the horrific Stoneman school shooting in Parkland, Florida, comedian Michael Ian Black took to Twitter and posted a series of tweets on the link between toxic masculinity and gun violence.”
Florida Shooting Suspect Reportedly Had Ties to White Nationalist Group
A leader of the Florida white nationalist group Republic of Florida claimed Nikolas Cruz had ties to his organization. Leon County law enforcement sources told the Tallahassee Democrat that they could not find any information linking Cruz to the ROF.