See Daughter's Stirring Text to Parents While She Was Trapped in Florida High School

| FEB 15, 2018 | 4:39 PM
Marjory Stoneman Shooting

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Stirring text messages children sent to their worried parents amidst a shooting at a Florida high school depict the palpable horror of what unfolded Wednesday.

One survivor, student Sarah Crescitelli, texted her mom and dad, “If I don’t make it I love you and I appreciate everything you did for me.”

“Don’t talk that way,” her parents replied. “The cops are all over.”

Crescitelli, who hid inside a bathroom for two hours before finally escaping, sent the message as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Wednesday afternoon, leaving at least 17 people dead.

Another parent texted safety advice to his 14-year-old son. The father encouraged his son to “play dead if there is an active shooter.” The family was later reunited:

The public school enrolled 3,208 students between grades nine and 12, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Several lawmakers — and social media users — have already started calling for gun control in the wake of Wednesday’s horrific attack.

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