Meanwhile, students evacuated from the school were met outside by tearful and terrified parents while Galveston County sheriff’s deputies secured the scene
“I sped down here as fast as I could,” Shannon Curry, whose daughter Paige Curry is a junior, told KPRC. “She called me and said there were shots at the school … I told her to listen to her teacher, to stay down.”
While the drama was unfolding, a flag-toting man wearing a Make America Great cap and a pistol by his side suddenly appeared outside the school. He was immediately stopped by police.
“This idiot is walking down the street with a pistol by his side,” one outraged man told the local affiliate. “I believe in the second amendment. But this is a crime scene… this is a slap in the face.”
In Washington, President Donald Trump weighed-in on the deadly drama.
School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018
Meanwhile down in Florida, one of the students who survived the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland — and who has helped lead the charge for more gun control — also chimed-in.
Get ready for two weeks of media coverage of politicians acting like they give a shit when in reality they just want to boost their approval ratings before midterms.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 18, 2018
Santa Fe is a city of 13,000 about 30 miles southeast of Houston — and more than 200 miles east of Sutherland Springs, Texas, where a gunman barged into a church last fall and murdered 26 people — almost half of them children — with a Ruger assault-type rifle.
Shrader, the terrified student, said she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to walk back into the school.
“This is the place where we’re supposed to be safe,” she said. “I don’t feel safe in this town anymore.”
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