Cell phones, Twitter offer vital channels as another mass shooting unfolds

Students texted messages of love to their parents—and uploaded chilling video—as a gunman stalked the halls of a Florida high school. Officials, meanwhile, tweeted updates to the public.

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Amid horrific chaos, students sent messages of love—along with crucial information about the shootings unfolding in their Florida high school.

A gunman, believed to be former student Nikolas Cruz, pulled a fire alarm Wednesday afternoon at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School before opening fire on students evacuating the building. Seventeen people were killed, and others remain in hospital care.

As school and government officials tried to gauge the situation and offer accurate information to the public, students and parents turned to technology to contact loved ones and share their raw emotions. Cell phones proved a particularly crucial tool.

The New York Times wrote:

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