January 30, 2023

The Florida school shooting suspect has just been identified

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This afternoon, a school shooting occurred at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. At about 2:30 PM, a gunman opened fire, injuring approximately 50 students and causing several fatalities.


The shooter has been identified as 19-year-old Nicolas de Jesus Cruz, a former student at the school.

“We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him,” said math teacher Jim Gard. “There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”

His Instagram account has been deleted but see below for a screenshot:

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The school went into lockdown, and the Coral Springs Police Department tweeted at students to “remain barricaded inside until police reach [them].”

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During the shooting, many students took to Twitter to tweet photos in real time.

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Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy took to the Senate floor to castigate his colleagues for their lack of action against what has become a wholly American phenomenon “with zero parallel anywhere else.”

This is the 59th mass shooting at or near a school this academic year. We don’t need thoughts and prayers, we need common sense gun legislation. Perhaps one day the Republican Party will stop pandering to the gun lobby and protect the citizens that have elected them.

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Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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