Police just responded to an ongoing mass shooting at a Florida high school

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Police and emergency personnel are responding to reports of an active shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida reports BNO News. Details are still sparse as the situation is currently unfolding.

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On their official Twitter account, the Coral Springs Police Department urges locals to stay away from the high school. They also added that people should refrain from calling 911 unless they have an absolute emergency, presumably so responders can devote all of their resources to stopping the shooter.

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The Broward Sheriff’s account offered a brief update on the unfolding situation.

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The police are also urging students and teachers to barricade themselves in their rooms until the shooter is apprehended.

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WSVN 7 News is providing live footage of the scene. They report that so far there are at least 20 victims.

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Tragedies like this continue to unfold all across the United States. Schools have been forced to develop emergency protocols to deal with shootings like this, but they can only help so much. America has a serious gun problem that’s tangled up in a disturbing desire for notoriety on the part of these shooters. We must have a long hard conversation about guns, as well as an honest cultural conversation on why these killers are driven to do what they do.

UPDATE: The number of possible victims has been upped from 20 to possibly 50.

Check back for updates.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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