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Parkland - 16 February 2018
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1. SOUNDBITE (English) David Hogg, 17-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School:
"We tell our teacher, 'Hey that sounded like a gunshot'. She promptly closes the door, but right after she did so, the fire alarm goes off. And we all instinctually, in hindsight stupidly, got up and started walking out. And as we're walking out to our evacuation zone, a flood of people start running in the opposite direction saying, 'Don't come this way. He's coming this way!' So we start running in the opposite direction of where we were previously headed. And as a result of that, we were actually headed towards the shooter. But thank God for a janitor that stopped us and Chef Kurth (Ashley Kurth, the teacher in charge of the culinary programme) who was in the nearest classroom, she opened up her door and got in around 65 students in a matter of 30 seconds. And honestly at that point, I still thought it was a drill because it was so well coordinated on the part of the Broward County Schools employees and just how many lives were saved as a result of their heroic actions. It's truly amazing."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) David Hogg, 17-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School:
"What we need is young individuals out there and we need the entire country of America to start getting out and being politically active. This is a country run by popular sovereignty. And with that, the people have the most power, but when the people don't say what they want and when they don't make their voices heard, the government becomes just an overseer and it starts abusing his power. And that's what we're really seeing here because politicians can make all the promises they want and they can give all their condolences, but at what point do we say that's not enough and we call for action. I think this is that point."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) David Hogg, 17-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School:
"So what ended up happening is while we were in there and everybody was just kind of huddled together calling their loved ones, making sure that everybody that they wanted to know in case they passed away, they would know how they felt. And in that class and the way it ended was about an hour later we finally got in there and everybody was secure, the SWAT team broke through the window and got inside and thank God for those heroes that were there that day because without them I would not be here speaking to you right now. And the sad truth of the matter is we shouldn't need people to be heroes. We shouldn't have ever had this incident occur, but sadly if we don't take action, I believe something like this can and will occur again."
A 17-year-old student who witnessed a deadly shooting at his high school in Florida on Wednesday said that thanks to the actions of staff members, countless lives were saved.
Speaking to Sky News on Friday, David Hogg described the moments prior to being rescued by the authorities, saying that students were "calling their loved ones...in case they passed away".
Hogg also called for young people to become more politically active in order to bring about change and "call for action".
Authorities said Nikolas Cruz, a volatile 19-year-old who became an orphan when his mother died in November and had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, legally bought the AR-15 assault weapon he used to kill 17 people and wound more than a dozen others.
Cruz was ordered held without bond Thursday.
His lawyer called him a "broken human being" and Executive Chief Public Defender Gordon Weeks said he was under a suicide watch.
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