The heartwrenching text messages between sisters during today’s school shooting just went viral

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As the dust settles on today’s devastating mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a pair of sisters now has a text message chain that they both fully expected might be their last.

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At about 2:30 PM today, a gunman opened fire in the high school, injuring dozens and leaving at least 17 students dead.

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

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“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.”

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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].”

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 this wholly American phenomenon “with zero parallel anywhere else.”

This is the 59th mass shooting at or near a school this academic year.

As long as the Republican Party continues to protect the NRA over its own constituents, heartwrenching text messages like these will continue to be the norm in this country.

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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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