February 14, 2018
TV News Networks Jump On Florida High School Shooting As Gunman Still At Large; At Least 20 Wounded
TV news outlets abruptly dropped Washington-centric coverage when a shooter attacked students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday afternoon. Quick word of at least 20 shot in the school or on the campus triggered TV news pundit talk of Columbine High School.
Cable news networks showed helicopter footage of ambulances swarming the area, victims being tended to on sidewalks, and a SWAT team heading with weapons drawn toward the high school attended by about 3K students. Dozens of teens could be seen running or walking from the building, some with hands raised over their heads to signal they did not have a weapon.
More than an hour after first reports of the shooting, local sheriff tweeted to warning the gunman, who had shot into the school from outside the building, still was at large:
Multiple students interviewed on CNN said students began running out of the building after someone pulled a fire alarm in the school about 10 minutes before end of school day. As they exited, shots were heard, told the network affiliate.
One distraught mother marveled the network the city had just been named safest place to live in Florida.
White House said President Donald Trump had been alerted:
From Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters:
The President has been made aware of the school shooting in Florida. We are monitoring the situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected.