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Text Exchange Between Two Sisters Captures Horror of the Florida School Shooting as it Unfolds

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The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has brought a new element to these kinds of tragedies. Most of the students in the school had cell phones. While the school’s network blocked them from accessing the web, the students were able to make calls, text, and capture images and video. That allows the rest of us to see inside the tragedy in real time.

The effect is similar to what happened during the Vietnam War. Back then, it was the proliferation of television that allowed Americans back home to witness war from a whole new perspective. But this isn’t war. It is school.

The exchange below captures this emotion well. Two sisters were texting during the shooting. In all, they sent 77 short messages. Those were later shared with CNN. Here’s their message chain:

Hannah
kaitlin there is a shooter on campus
i am not joking
call 911 please
send them to douglas

Kaitlin
hannah what
are you serious rn

Hannah
kaitlin i am not joking they just shot through the walls someone in my class is injured
i am not joking
call mom and dad
i don’t have service or i’d call
idk how this message is going through

Kaitlin
i’m calling
911
and then I’ll call mom and dad

Hannah
please do thank you

Kaitlin
i love you so much

Hannah
im so scared i can’t make any calls i love you
my phone service won’t go through

Kaitlin
is police there
what’s happening
hannah text me

Hannah
i don’t know it’s silent
i don’t know if the police are here

Kaitlin
is it on lock down

Hannah
i think so
i hear yelling

Kaitlin
daddy is in response
he just called 911 they are on there way

Hannah
i am so scared kaitlin
tell them i love them so much

Kaitlin
i know Hannah
you’re gonna be fine

Hannah
im so scared

Kaitlin
i know you are
daddy is on his way to the school
hannah keep texting me please

Hannah
tell them i love them so much

Kaitlin
Ii there anyone else shot
someone in your class got shot just now?

Hannah
just one person in my class room
they got shot like 8 minutes ago when the shooting started

Kaitlin
how many shots did you hear

Hannah
a lot

Kaitlin
Aad is the person ok

Hannah
the police are in the building

Kaitlin
ok how’s the person who got shot
a lot of blood?
where did they get hit

Hannah
i don’t know she isn’t near me
i just know she got hit

Kaitlin
oh ok

Hannah
im so scared
im under my teachers desk i hear the police outside

Kaitlin
what class are you in
what building

Hannah
holocaust history first floor freshman building

Kaitlin
okay good so you’ll be getting out first i hope
keep texting me

Hannah
i will

Kaitlin
Daddy said he’s going to the school
and we can’t get a hold of mom

Hannah
sorry i am texting you and gabriella too
it’s okay as long as you have dad

Kaitlin
oh wow

Hannah
i am so scared
i hear the police in the hall

Kaitlin
good
they will help you

Hannah
i am so scared

Kaitlin
you’ll be ok
you can’t call me?
hannah
can you call me

Hannah
i have no service

Kaitlin
but you’re texting me
try to please

Hannah
my service won’t go through Android

Kaitlin
what
i have an iphone
you’re talking to dad
you’re safe
hannah
text me
did daddy get you

Hannah
i am with dad

Kaitlin
ok are you coming home now

Hannah
i think soim driving with daddy

Kaitlin
ok i love you so much
ash him if you’re going home

Hannah
we are just driving right now

Kaitlin
ok