A student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was found dead in Coral Springs, Florida, the victim of an apparent suicide. This marks the second such death within a week’s time of survivors of the deadly 2018 school shooting.
Neither the victim’s name, gender, nor age has been released to the public, although Coral Springs police spokesman Tyler Reik has said the student was a juvenile. Other sources via the Miami Herald have indicated that the deceased was a male sophomore.
This recent suicide comes just one week after Sydney Aiello took her life following a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder diagnosis. Aiello was a recent graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and lost a friend of hers, Meadow Pollack, in the shooting.
The Miami Herald also quoted Ryan Petty, the father of Alaina Petty — one of the victims in the Parkland shooting — as saying the most recent victim died from a gunshot wound to the head. This is the same cause of death as Aiello.
Petty leads the WalkUp Foundation, seeking to make schools safer places.
“When you look at Columbine as an example, almost just as many students killed themselves after the fact than in the actual shooting. That needs to change,” said Petty. “We need to get them the help they need.”
David Hogg, another survivor who has been become an activist in the wake of the tragedy, spoke out about the recent deaths on Twitter, asking “How many more kids have to be taken from us as a result of suicide for the government / school district to do anything?”
He closed his tweet with, “Rip 17+2,” a reference to the 17 students and staff members killed in the shooting as well as the two recent suicide deaths.
How many more kids have to be taken from us as a result of suicide for the government / school district to do anything?
Rip 17+2 🧡😭
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) March 24, 2019
These deaths mark the one-year anniversary of the March For Our Lives, a student march against gun violence that was held in Washington DC and other places across the U.S. Turnout for that protest was estimated at between 1.2 and 2 million people.
Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are currently out for Spring Break.
Public Domain image via Wikimedia Commons
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The Washington Post reports U.S. government officials have briefed Senator Bernie Sanders that Russia is working to assist his presidential campaign.
“President Trump and lawmakers on Capitol Hill have also been informed about the Russian assistance to the Vermont senator, according to people familiar with the matter,” the Post notes.
The type or extent of assistant Russia allegedly has undertaken is not known.
“I don’t care, frankly, who Putin wants to be president,” Sanders told The Washington Post in a statement. “My message to Putin is clear: Stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do.
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President Donald Trump Tuesday morning unexpectedly signed a full pardon for a man who was convicted of not reporting extortion, a $400,000 bribe he paid to the now-former governor of Louisiana.
Former San Francisco 49ers co-owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr. received the pardon from President trump, who appears once again to be using his power to pardon as a means of sending a message to those who might testify against him. Trump was impeached for extortion of Ukraine.
Voice of America News White House bureau chief Steve Herman breaks the news:
Executive order signed for pardon of convicted felon Edward DeBartolo, announces @hogangidley45.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) February 18, 2020
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Navarro repeatedly claimed the economy under President Barack Obama was “horrible,” even after Harlow posted numbers and charts that proved growth under the 44th president was far stronger than growth under Trump.
“It’s a great economy now. All I’m asking you is, wasn’t it a good economy then as well?” Harlow asked Navarro.
“No,” he insisted, launching in to a rant.
“Back in the Obama-Biden years it was horrible,” he claimed, all but ignoring the 2008 worldwide economic collapse that Obama inherited – while sneaking in the former vice president’s name in a particularly nasty partisan swipe, and possibly coming dangerously close to the crossing the line of the Hatch Act.
“It was a horrible economy during the Obama years,” he insisted, forcing Harlow to all but beg with him to listen to facts as she had the numbers put back up on the screen.
“Put your numbers up,” Navarro sneered.
“They’re not my numbers – these are from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Harlow told Navarro under Trump the economy has not seen one quarter with growth above 4%, but under Obama it happened four times. She also showed him that job growth under President Obama was 227,000 jobs per month on average for his last 36 months, but under President Trump’s first 36 months it’s just 191,000.
Navarro slammed Obama for having increased the debt. It’s increased far more under Trump.
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“We still have five more years,” Navarro retorted.
.@PoppyHarlowCNN after President Trump accused Obama of trying to “take credit” for the economy: “It's a great economy now. All I'm asking you is, wasn't it a good economy then as well?”
WH trade adviser Peter Navarro: “No…It was a horrible economy during the Obama years.” pic.twitter.com/A6LutR01P4
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