There was another school shooting today, this time at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas near Houston. A gunman, armed with a shotgun, walked into a first period art class and started shooting. A student pulled the fire alarm and students began fleeing.
TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING EVERYTHING WE KNOW: Gunman walked into 1st period art class and opened fire. A student ran out and pulled the fire alarm and students began to exit the building. Police confirm the shooter is in custody. https://t.co/4dn6hKFzTE pic.twitter.com/ZRXThC8eI4— WAFB (@WAFB) May 18, 2018
.@CBSEveningNews Student Witness Describes Shooting Suspect: "We heard 5 more bangs & a kid came out had a black trench coat off, a sawed off shotgun w/a pistol grip— WAFB (@WAFB) May 18, 2018
The students were told by school staff to run and hide. The shooter is now in police custody, but there were at least eight fatalities reported and an unknown number of injuries.
BREAKING: Sheriff: 8-10 fatalities in Texas high school shooting, most of them students; 2 people believed to be students detained.— The Associated Press (@AP) May 18, 2018
A school resource officer was shot and is among the multiple injuries reported. A second student was detained by police but it’s unclear why at this time.
This marks the 22nd school shooting of the year. There have only been 20 weeks so far in 2018, so we’re averaging a school shooting a week now.
By CNN’s count the school shooting in Texas is the 22nd at a US school this year.— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 18, 2018
President Trump was briefed on the shooting and responded with his characteristic empathy for all involved:
School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018
You can tell he cares, right?
Senator Ted Cruz also chimed in with the only help he’s willing to muster to stop the epidemic of gun violence at American schools:
Thoughts and prayers: the air guitar of helping.— Molly Hodgdon (@Manglewood) February 15, 2018
A group of students at Santa Fe participated in the massive school walkout on April 20th this year to demand stricter gun control legislation:
@schoolwalkoutUS Santa Fe High School. Santa Fe, Texas. #NeverAgain We read a poem by a parkland survivor, handed out gun violence fact sheets and orange ribbon, did 17 minutes of silence, and then talked about ways to raise awareness for gun violence, and make your voice heard. pic.twitter.com/UiIwVVw75q— ✨roger's girl✨ (@mukethemusical) April 20, 2018
And now we’ll wait as the impotent thoughts and prayers of cowardly, feckless politicians roll in as we drift between weary numbness and frustrated rage.