A 17-year-old student was shot in the ankle this morning at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida. Students in the area were taking part in a national protest against gun violence rally. The student was sent to the hospital with a non-life-threatening wound.
There is currently no clear motive behind the 19-year-old suspected shooter but police know he is not a student at the school. The loud band was first recognized by the school’s resource officer, who is said to have apprehended the suspect before the situation escalated.
Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods commended the school resource officer's actions. CNN states,
“Woods and school officials said the resource officer's quick response and active shooter protocols at the school helped save lives.”
One student at the school protest spoke of how grateful she was that no lives were lost. Trust me, so are we!
She states, “‘We're very glad that no lives were lost,’ she said of the Ocala shooting. 'We're incredibly grateful for that. Our reaction was, of course, this is how our country works. The person who was shot today is on the list of the people who we're fighting for.’"
Other students could be found piling desks and chairs to barricade the doors. Another student recalled hearing crying from other classrooms. Everyone was clearly shaken up and for good reason. Though no one was killed, this time, the "school shooting scare" has definitely become something kids, teachers, and parents alike fear.
Will you join us in praying for this school and all schools in our nation? There is a serious epidemic happening and we need to keep praying! Please share this article with your friends and family to encourage them to pray too.
In other news, a 12-year-old cheerleader committed suicide but it could have been prevented. Learn more here.