Several students who survived the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school Wednesday took to social media to criticize President Trump, GOP leaders and right-wing media personalities for their response to the shooting, with one student telling Trump “unless you are going to do something about gun control so no one else experiences what my school has, shut the f–k up.”
Trump suggested on Thursday that the suspected shooter was “mentally disturbed,” calling out the neighbors and classmates for not reporting him enough to authorities while making no mention of potential gun control measures to prevent another senseless tragedy.
Some students at the school responded with strong criticism on social media:
why was a student able to terrorize my school mr president https://t.co/rwDRYz3ayx
— nikki (@nikta04) February 14, 2018
Unless you are going to do something about gun control so no one else experiences what my school has, shut the fuck up. https://t.co/9i8Yr2233L
— Morgan Williams (@morganw_44) February 15, 2018
The Hill added:
Nikolas Cruz, 19, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder Thursday morning after authorities said he opened fire in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, killing at least 17 people and injuring more than a dozen others.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that Cruz legally purchased the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle he allegedly used in the shooting. Cruz had been kicked out of the school and flagged as a threat.
The students also responded to conservative media personality and Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren, who pushed back on calls for gun control after the shooting by writing that it “isn’t about a gun it’s about another lunatic.”
“I was hiding a closet for 2 hours,” one student responded on Twitter. “It was about guns.”
A gun has killed 17 of my fellow classmates. A gun has traumatized my friends. My entire school, traumatized from this tragedy. This could have been prevented. Please stfu tomi https://t.co/qNo03ZE3Ev
— kyra (@longlivekcx) February 15, 2018
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 these disgusting people the ability to kill other human beings. This IS about guns and this is about all the people who had their life abruptly ended because of guns. https://t.co/XnzhvuN1zd
— carly (@car_nove) February 15, 2018
it is actually about guns u witch from hell https://t.co/mva3qYu0Tc
— nikki (@nikta04) February 15, 2018
“He really needs to take into consideration gun control. There’s no reason that a kid, 19 years old that’s been investigated already, and not even a year ago, being able to purchase an AR-15.”
Watch Sophomore Isabella Gomez respond to President Trump pic.twitter.com/64yh5JbFUJ
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 15, 2018