‘We’re safe mom, you stay away’: Worried parents wait for students amid shooting situation at South Florida high school

Worried parents waited anxiously for their children to emerge from a South Florida high school where a shooting took place Wednesday afternoon, snd one mother said her daughter texted her, telling her to stay away from the school.

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The mother of a Stoneman Douglas High School student, named Crystal, said her daughter texted her at the start of the shooting while still inside the school, telling her that she heard the gunshots and that she was scared.

“We’re safe mom, you stay away,” Crystal texted, according to her mother, who rushed to the school from the nail salon, where she saw the news break on television.

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Mother of a student named, ‘Crystal’ told the reporter that her daughter texted her and told her to stay away after reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018..

Crystal told her mother that she couldn’t speak to her over the phone because teachers were instructing them to be quiet. Crystal also texted that she didn’t want to go to school the next day.

“I said, ‘Don’t worry about it,'” the worried mother told ABC Miami affiliate WPLG.

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Anxious family members wait for information on students, Feb. 14, 2018, in Parkland, Fla. after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Another mother said she told her son, freshman Dubby Johnson, to run after he called her in a panic, telling her, “There’s a shooting at school!”

“It’s the scariest thing ever for your son to call you and say there’s a shooting in school,” she told WLPG.

Dubby said he was outside the school when he heard two gunshots. He then saw a crowd of people running in his direction before teachers came out and instructed them to run as well.

“As soon as I saw a whole bunch of people running, I got scared,” Dubby said.

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