Sixth Grade Survivor's Plan to 'Go Down Fighting' During the Latest School Shooting Nearly Brings News Anchor to Tears
Nate Holley, a Colorado sixth-grader at STEM School Highlands Ranch, spoke to CNN about his experience inside the school after a gunman opened fire on his classmates and faculty, killing one student and injuring eight others.
"It was really chaotic," he said, recalling the moment he froze when gunshots shattered a window. "Most of the kids didn't know what to do."
Fox Business Ran a Questionable Segment Promoting Bulletproof Backpacks for Kids, and People Don't Even Know Where to Start
School shootings have become all too frequent in the United States. While tragedies like that of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this year still haven't compelled lawmakers to pass meaningful gun legislation, businesses aren't hesitating to profit off the fears of parents by marketing bulletproof accessories.
On Monday, Fox Business Network promoted a line of bulletproof backpacks and sweaters from MC Armor during a back to school segment. After introducing the segment with the song "Bulletproof" by La Roux, host Maria Bartiromo and MC Armor spokesperson Carolina Ballesteros Casas began to tout the products.
8th Graders In Pennsylvania Received Bullet Proof Backpack Inserts for Graduation, and David Hogg Just Responded
As reported Tuesday, all 8th grade students at St. Cornelius School in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, received bulletproof inserts for their backpacks as a graduation gift. The gifts came from the inventor of the product.
While it might be said that the gift is simply a reflection of the times we live in, should it be? Is this our new normal?
Sandy Hook Dad Hits Back at Alex Jones, Explains Why He's Suing Him and What It Would Take to Drop the Suit
For years, Infowars host Alex Jones appealed to his listeners with conspiracy theories about the deadly school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. On April 16, two families who lost children that day decided enough was enough and filed a defamation lawsuit against Jones.
Jones repeatedly made statements on his program that the mass shooting, where 20 children and 6 adults were murdered, could not have happened. Jones' program was specifically mentioned during trial of a woman who issued death threats against family members based on these conspiracy theories. The woman was eventually sentenced for her crimes and forbidden to watch or listen to Infowars.
On February 29, 2016, 14-year-old James Austin Hancock shot two of his fellow students at Madison Jr/Sr. High School in Middleton, Ohio. Fortunately, both victims survived the attack, 14-year-old Cooper Caffrey among them.
Cooper remembers eating chicken nuggets in the cafeteria, then falling to the ground, while his fellow students ran away in the chaos of gunfire. The incident would become among the more obscure school shootings, not making the cut for the national news. But when 17 were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14th of this year, he felt as many others did: enough was enough.
After years of being the objects of hate, based on conspiracy theories spread by people like Alex Jones on programs like Info Wars, some of the parents of the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims fought back, by filing a defamation lawsuit against Jones.
The primary conspiracies involved claims that no mass shooting occurred at the school in Newtown, Connecticut, the parents and children were all "crisis actors" and no one died. Because of the repeated telling of these false claims, people who believed them targeted the surviving students and the families of the victims.
UPDATE AS OF 4:11 PM: The shooter, per the Broward County Sheriff's Office, is in custody, and "the scene is still active."
FINAL UPDATE: The shooter has been identified as Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student who'd been expelled. 17 students died during the shooting.