Why is the flag at UNF half-staff?

Alexandra Torres-Perez

Florida governor ordered flags to be half-staff in honor of the victims of the Parkland shooting. Photo by Alexandra Torres-Perez

Wednesday afternoon a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School killing at least 17 people, according to Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.








The suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was a former student who was expelled for disciplinary reasons. Cruz is currently in custody, and has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Florida Governor Rick Scott ordered the immediate lowering of the flags across the state until Monday as a result of the school shooting in Parkland.









The Parkland shooting is among the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history.

Public Good created a fund for those who want to help. The donations will go to several organizations like the American Red Cross, Broward Health Foundation and more. The funds will be specifically used to help the victims of the Parkland shooting.

For those students affected at the University of North Florida, the Counseling Center will have open hours to provide support for any student who walks in. You can also call the support line at (904)620-2602.

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