College students attending the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty are describing listening to a number of photographs throughout a capturing at their South Florida highschool Wednesday. (Feb. 14)

The suspected gunman believed to have opened hearth in Wednesday’s deadly assault at a Florida highschool is a former scholar who at the least one instructor says had been flagged as a possible menace, particularly whereas carrying a backpack on faculty grounds.

The previous scholar, whose identify has not but been formally launched, had attracted a lot concern that faculty directors banned him from campus, stated Jim Gard, a math instructor at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty in Parkland.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel confirmed the gunman was a scholar on the faculty at one time, however was not on the time of the capturing. Police say he primarily used a excessive-powered rifle in the course of the assault.

Israel stated the shooter was inside and outside the varsity at factors through the assault, and brought into custody “with out incident” about an hour after he left the varsity. 

Gard stated the previous scholar had been aggressive towards different college students.

“We have been informed final yr that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him,” Gard advised the Miami Herald. “There have been issues with him final yr threatening college students, and I assume he was requested to go away campus.”

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Gard, who taught the scholar, stated he believes the varsity administration despatched out an e-mail warning academics that the scholar had made threats towards others up to now, the Herald reported.

One other scholar interviewed on the scene by native tv station Channel 7 stated the scholar had weapons at house.

Gard described chaos on the scene of the capturing Wednesday. “Six youngsters ran again into my room, and I locked the door, turned out the lights and had the youngsters go to the again of the room,” Gard stated.

“Inside a minute a code pink was introduced,” Gard added, referring to the varsity code for a lockdown.

“I advised the youngsters to hold in there, it might nonetheless be a drill.”


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