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Students Who Lived Through The Florida Shooting Are Angry And They Want You To Know

“I was hiding in a closet for 2 hours. It was about guns. You weren’t there, you don’t know how it felt.”

Posted on February 15, 2018, at 6:07 p.m. ET

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in south Florida are just beginning to process the horrific shooting that killed at least 17 of their peers and faculty.

On Wednesday, a former student armed with a semiautomatic rifle began firing on campus, and then inside the high school, before he was detained by authorities. The victims included students, teachers, and coaches.As the shooting was happening, scenes of horror inside and outside the school were documented live and shared to social media. Students also sent their friends and parents heartbreaking texts as their fates remained unknown.
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On Wednesday, a former student armed with a semiautomatic rifle began firing on campus, and then inside the high school, before he was detained by authorities.

The victims included students, teachers, and coaches.

As the shooting was happening, scenes of horror inside and outside the school were documented live and shared to social media. Students also sent their friends and parents heartbreaking texts as their fates remained unknown.

President Trump sent his "prayers and condolences" after being briefed about the mass school shooting.

My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or an… https://t.co/RFJxgM1jhm

And as the case with every major mass shooting in recent US history, the online conversations about it steered to the usual sources of debate. Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren asked "the Left" to "let the families grieve for even 24 hours before they push their anti-gun and anti-gunowner" agendas.

Can the Left let the families grieve for even 24 hours before they push their anti-gun and anti-gunowner agenda? My… https://t.co/idUAbY2EAB

However, some who lived through the tragedy not only allowed themselves and others to speak out about these issues — they were ready to talk. Teens who identified themselves as Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students are taking to social media to express their anger and frustration over issues they believe are not being politicized enough.

A gun has killed 17 of my fellow classmates. A gun has traumatized my friends. My entire school, traumatized from t… https://t.co/efkOeXyock

Carly Novell, a 17-year-old senior, told BuzzFeed News she spent hours hiding in a closet in school as gunshots were fired around her and her classmates. Still, when she saw Lahren's tweet, a fire ignited in her. "She's not the one who gets to decide whether or not we get to talk about it," Carly said.

I was hiding in a closet for 2 hours. It was about guns. You weren't there, you don't know how it felt. Guns give t… https://t.co/hU0f5lYUlf

"I got home around 5, I think. I think I saw Tomi [Lahren]'s tweet and replied right when I saw it," Carly explained. "I was just thinking about how I was literally involved in the shooting and I was talking about gun control ... I just don't understand why we can't mourn and use our voice to speak out at the same time.

"I just wanted to give a first-hand answer to her, so she could understand that this is what we need to talk about."

Carly added that she didn't even have the time or capacity to react during the shooting because "none of it felt real." And she had spent hours hiding in a closet with other terrified students, who she was trying to console.

"You would never ever think that this would happen at your school," she said. "The scariest part was not knowing what was going on. I thought it was a drill until my friend's sister texted her that she heard gunshots."

During a shooting more than 70 years ago, Carly said her grandfather also had to hide in a closet. "I just want something to change. This can't keep happening with no change," she told BuzzFeed News. "It's just so painful."

This is my grandpa. When he was 12 years old, he hid in a closet while his family was murdered during the first mas… https://t.co/yHNwbHwad0

Fellow senior Lex Michael, 17, believes stronger gun control regulations could have prevented the attack at her school. And she started speaking out about it immediately on social media, “because we know that if something is changed we can prevent it from happening to anyone else,” she told BuzzFeed News.

an 18 year old kid, who literally everyone knew was troubled, was allowed to have multiple fucking guns but yeah le… https://t.co/PtjomnLkb0

Lex, who was home sick Wednesday, said she found out about the shooting when her best friend texted her that she had heard gunshots and, shortly after, had seen someone get shot in the leg.

“Then I started texting all of my friends asking if they were safe, and they were all telling me where they were hiding,” she said. “A couple of them were crammed in a closet, some of them were locked in the auditorium, and most of them were in a classroom hidden behind something.”

Fortunately, all of Lex's friends survived the shooting, but the effects of the trauma have hit them all hard.

“A lot of them have felt really sick and haven’t wanted to leave their house,” she said.

“I haven’t processed it fully that my high school is going to be known for being a bigger shooting than Columbine.”

wow what a weird way to say that he’s a terrorist who hurt my friends and classmates https://t.co/l7bivSJ70L

Lex spent much of Thursday on Twitter, vocalizing her frustrations with how the events and traumas of what happened at her school are being portrayed.

"We need to fix this and address people by what they are. He incited terror, therefore he’s a terrorist," she tweeted about the shooter.

"Nikolas cruz was able to legally purchase the gun used to kill 17 innocent people... how is that NOT a gun issue? something desperately needs to change," she wrote in another tweet.

Another student, David Hogg, pleaded live on CNN Thursday for "adults" to finally "take action" and "get something done."

Powerful plea from a student who survived the Parkland shooting, David Hogg: “Please! We are children. You guys are… https://t.co/4aXQZYU57q

Online, more students and survivors of the shooting are also becoming increasingly outspoken.

why was a student able to terrorize my school mr president https://t.co/rwDRYz3ayx

it is actually about guns u witch from hell https://t.co/mva3qYu0Tc

“17 killed” is slowly turning into real names of real people we saw everyday and that is a terrifying reality

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