A Santa Fe High School student who survived Friday morning’s shooting grimly laughed when a local reporter asked her if she was surprised a mass shooting broke out at her school.

In an exchange with a young girl near the scene of the shooting that left at least 8 people dead and multiple others injured, a reporter with Houston’s KTRK-TV asked a student named Paige about what she experienced, and whether or not she was surprised a mass shooting happened at her school.

PAIGE: I managed to keep calm during it all. There was another girl who was just freaking out. They were struggling with her to keep her calm. It was really scary.

REPORTER: Was there a part of you that was like, “This isn’t real, this isn’t — this would not happen in my school?”

PAIGE: No. There wasn’t. Um…


PAIGE: It’s been happening everywhere. I felt, I always kind of felt like eventually it was going to happen here too.

America has already seen 16 school shootings so far this year, according to The Washington Post’s tally of school shootings. The only other year with that many school shootings was 2014, though this year’s number may climb, as many students still have several weeks of school left, and students everywhere will return to school in August and September, following summer vacation.

Since the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado in 1999, the Post estimates that 139 children, teachers, and staff have been killed in school shootings, and 286 more have been injured. At least 214,000 students having been in school during a shooting since Columbine.

The official Twitter account for March For Our Lives, which was launched by the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida last February, tweeted a statement of solidarity following the Santa Fe massacre, and issued a call for lawmakers to address meaningful gun reform legislation.

“This is not the price of our freedom. This is the most fatal shooting since the one at our school and tragedies like this will continue to happen until action is taken,” the statement read.

David Hogg, one of the more outspoken Parkland survivors, tweeted after the shooting that America shouldn’t be fooled by “politicians acting like they give a shit” over the next several weeks.


Jake Shepherd is a freelance writer from Cleveland, Ohio. He enjoys poring through financial disclosure statements, spirited debate, and good scotch. He remains eternally optimistic about the Browns. Email him at jake.d.shepherd.21 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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