Cops: Santa Fe Suspect 'Spared' Those He Liked - Page 3

Parkland students offer their support, plus a heartbreaking clip from one of the survivors
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2018 8:55 AM CDT

  • In an opinion piece for USA Today, James Alan Fox notes that, as bad as this newest shooting was, we shouldn't overreact. "School shootings, however horrific, are not the new normal," he writes. "[The] Santa Fe killings are part of a bloody contagion that will pass."
  • The chief of the Houston Police Department shared a heartfelt message on his Facebook page, saying he'd hit "rock bottom." "I'm not ashamed to admit I’ve shed tears of sadness, pain and anger," he wrote. He blasted "the hatred being spewed in our country," asked God to forgive us all for our "inaction," and took on gun rights advocates, noting he didn't care if they de-friended him for his beliefs and adding, "Please do not post anything about guns aren't the problem and there's little we can do."
  • The Parkland students are reacting to the Texas tragedy, putting out a message via their March for Our Lives handle. Noting that they're "deeply saddened," the students say "this is not the price of our freedom" and warn "tragedies like this will continue to happen unless action is taken." Some of the more vocal Parkland students had their own personal messages: Emma Gonzalez tweeted, "Santa Fe High, you didn't deserve this," while David Hogg wrote, "Get ready for two weeks of media coverage of politicians acting like they give a s--- when in reality they just want to boost their approval ratings before midterms." And from Cameron Kasky: "Feel pain, grieve, be hurt and embrace it … but never give up hope. Things will be better. The world will be better." He also had strong words for the NRA and President Trump.
  • Meanwhile, a disturbing stat from the Washington Post: More US children have been killed in school shootings in 2018 than people who've been killed in the service of the US military. The shootings in Parkland and Santa Fe were a major contributor to the devastating number.
(Read more Santa Fe school shooting stories.)

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