Santa Fe High School Student Says He Knew A Shooting Could Happen 'For Real'

And he's not the only one.

In the wake of a school shooting that left at ten dead, Santa Fe High School students have been expressing a frightening sentiment: they saw it coming. The school shooting, which CNN describes as the 22nd of its kind in 2018, has left the country once again seeking answers to end what appears to be a growing number of mass shootings. One student from Santa Fe High School said he wasn't surprised when it happened, due in part to a previous lockdown he and his classmates experienced. 

"I knew since the first time that happened back in February that it's going to happen, but for real," Juan Rodriguez, a sophomore, told A Plus in a private Twitter message. "I wasn't surprised about [it] because it's happing [sic] everywhere. And I knew it was going to happen here."

Per a statement distributed by the school district after the incident and shared by Houston Public Media, the February 28 lockdown followed reports of teachers hearing "popping sounds" they suspected might be gunshots. The previous school lockdown took place two weeks after the Parkland, Florida school shooting took 17 lives.

Rodriguez wasn't the only student feeling that sense of dread. In a video that has been viewed over one million times on Twitter, another Santa Fe High School student is asked by a reporter, "Was there a part of you that was like, 'This isn't real. This would not happen at my school?' "

"No. It's been happening everywhere," she replies. "I've always felt it would eventually happen here, too."

Since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, students across the country have been a driving force behind several pushes for gun reform. In Florida, a bill named after Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School raised the minimum purchasing age of a firearm to 21, banned the sale of bump stocks, and implemented a three day waiting period for gun sales. The state also passed a provision that would allow some teachers to be armed, though students were not supportive of that measure.

In Deerfield, Illinois, an ordinance was passed to ban all assault weapons. In Oregon, a bill was passed that prevents people convicted of stalking or domestic violence from buying weapons. In New York, they went a step further, requiring anyone convicted of domestic violence to surrender their firearms. Several other states passed gun reform measures, too, and at the federal level, Congress created incentives for states to report more data on their background checking systems. 

Rodriguez, who said he was safe with his parents and siblings, wanted people to know that Santa Fe High School would stick together and stay strong. He insisted they would need time to figure things out and said students "need support and prayers for the ones that couldn't get to safety." 

He also shared thoughts about how to address the issue, taking a tone that hit on both conservative and liberal talking points.

"I want people to know it's the person behind the gun that kills people, not the gun," Rodriguez said. "It's the action that they take ... Ask for more gun regulation on getting a gun and make sure that their stable to have a weapon like that."

Cover image via  REUTERS/Trish Badger.

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