My first memory is violence and conflict. That’s my first memory. And no one will believe me.
That’s one of the reasons people don’t think I’m serious.
He added that he did not feel any emotion for what had happened and that he only experienced adrenaline which was later replaced by a "disgusting feeling".
Pretty much all I’m feeling at this time is an adrenaline rush.
It’s not anger, it’s not hatred, it’s just an adrenaline rush, I’m about to do something.
I spend most of my time in the room alone...so I’m getting this rush.
He has been charged with terrorism, aggravated assault with a firearm, culpable negligence, carrying a concealed and unlicensed firearm, possessing a firearm on school property, possession of a short-barreled shotgun, interfering with school function and armed trespass on school property.
Just a day before the school had confirmed on Twitter that students were welcome to take part in a 'civic demonstration.'
Tomorrow we will be participating in the student led civic demonstration. This voluntary event will take place dur… https://t.co/aAPRwFWW0g
— Forest High School (@Forest High School)
However, as a result of the shooting, not only was their walkout cancelled, all walkouts in Marion County were cancelled.
Parkland survivor Ryan Servaites lamented what had happened and vowed to carry on fighting for stricter gun control. He told CNN:
The fact that it happened on this day, in a way, reinforces what we are trying to get across.
This happens. It is an issue. We see more people dying. Children are being hurt.
We won't stop. This is why. It is, in a way, the world slapping us in the face, but we just have to look at it as a wake-up call.
Servaites' sentiments were echoed by 16-year-old Grace Goldstein, who took part in a walkout at Stuyvesant High School, New York. She said:
We're very glad that no lives were lost.
We're incredibly grateful for that. Our reaction was, of course, this is how our country works.
The person who was shot today is on the list of the people who we're fighting for.