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sunrise from our mt. tam camera. "good morning amer good morning, america. breaking news, deadly school rampage. >> oh, my god. oh, my god. >> a 19-year-old gunman storms a high school in florida opening fire with an assault rifle, shooting through classroom doors killing at least 17 people. one of the deadliest school shootings ever. >> does he know where the shooter is? >> we don't know, but we're entering the building. >> this is catastrophic. there really are no words. students racing from the school hands in the air. >> he heard three gunshots. we all inside. >> others barricaded in rooms hiding under their desks and in closets. >> i don't know how we're alive. >> i need everyone down! >> s.w.a.t. teams rushing to clear classrooms. >> everybody on the floor. let's go! >> terrified parents waiting anxiously outside for their
loved ones. this morning, what we're learning about the victims and the hero teachers and football coach. the suspect now in custody after slipping out of the school blending in with evacuating students. this morning, new details about his past, the disturbing social media posts. why he was expelled and what he said before the shooting about valentine's day. now another american community devastated, mourning the victims of this latest shooting. we are live on the scene with the survivors of the massacre and the match teacher who helped keep his students safe right here on "gma." good morning, america. as you can imagine, it is a challenging, difficult morning. george is on the scene in florida, where another community is in disbelief shocked by devastating violence. this time at that florida high school on valentine's day. >> this image, one that has become all too familiar.
students evacuating with hands up and the suspect in that deadly shooting is in custody. new images this morning showing him being taken to jail. george is outside that school. good morning to you, george. >> good morning, guys. that is the school right behind me, marjory stoneman douglas high school, it's a huge school, ten buildings, more than 3,000 students and if you ask people why did you move to parkland, they say it is for that school. one of the top schools in the state. parkland voted consistently one of the safest communities in america, until today. here's what we know at this hour. at least 17 killed, students and adults. 15 injured and the shooter, nikolas cruz, is in custody, this is the 18th school shooting already this year. it is just mid-february. our full team is here this morning. we're going to hear from students inside that school and the heroes who helped save the lives and start with victor oquendo. he's covered south florida for many years.
this community hit so hard. >> reporter: george, south florida has never seen anything like this. marjory stoneman douglas high school will be closed for the rest of the week, after just an unimaginable day. we want to warn you some of these images might be disturbing. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: at 2:00 in the afternoon gunshots ring out in this south florida high school. terrified students hiding in classrooms during the gunman's rampage. >> oh, my god. oh, my god. >> reporter: the shooter reportedly first pulls a fire alarm to get more students out of the classroom maximizing potential victims. >> as soon as the fire alarm got pulled, kidser with evacuating. i heard five pops. >> he was just very focused on what he was doing, and that's it. >> i was in the classroom and i hear shots and i was just like, oh, my gosh, what's happening. panicking. >> reporter: s.w.a.t. teams swarming the school and moving inside. >> i have the gunshot victim.
he's by the entrance on the west side of the school. >> does he know where the shooter is? >> we don't know but we're entering the building. >> reporter: erica duval filming this as she and classmates were rescued by a s.w.a.t. team. >> yeah, breathe, breathe. breathe. >> everyone on the floor. on the floor. >> reporter: terrified children led out from their hiding places with their hands in the air. students in this classroom waiting in horror for help to arrive. >> police, police. >> put your phones away. put your phones away. >> reporter: another s.w.a.t. team enters this auditorium. >> everybody down. >> reporter: in this classroom, screams of anguish as police lead students to safety. >> shh.
>> come on. follow me. >> let's go. let's go. let's go. run, run, run. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: outside, chaos. students streaming out of the building, some running, many with their hands on their heads, a sea of backpacks abandoned on the ground. emergency rescue rushing to the scene. paramedics in a race to save the wounded. scenes of relief as parents comforted children who reached safety. this mother was actually right outside the school when the gunfire began. >> what did you hear, what did you see?
>> i heard bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, and then i texted him and my other son, found out that my other son got out. found him at walmart. brought him home with a few friends and then i had been circling waiting for him to call me. >> reporter: at 3:00 p.m., the shooter is still at large, but now a possible description. >> white male, burgundy shirt, wearing a black hat, and either long black pants or shorts mixed in with a group of students that were running westbound. >> reporter: just before 4:00 p.m. the 19-year-old suspect nikolas cruz captured and taken into custody. >> we have a shooter in custody after he committed this horrific homicidal detestable act. >> reporter: the community now struggling to make sense of the unspeakable. >> you come to the conclusion this is just absolutely pure evil. >> this has been a day we've seen the worst in humanity. tomorrow is going to bring out the best in humanity as we come together to move forward from this unspeakable tragedy.
>> reporter: we've already seen the community come together. parents and students consoling each other well into the night, and for the families of the victims they'll need that support now more than ever. >> victor, thanks very much. we're learning more about the 17 people who lost their lives in this attack and hearing from the survivors. one of them, a student, hid in the bathroom for two hours sent her parents this text message. if i don't make it, i love you and i appreciate everything you did for me. sara made it out alive along with these students who thanked the teachers who saved their lives. >> we were just like praying and crying. >> reporter: when the first shots fired, the fire alarm went off. >> get your hands up. >> reporter: mr. beagle was at the front door of his class protecting students. >> he was blocking the door, so the door was open all the time. i don't know how we're alive.
>> reporter: gabriel said coach feis shooed her away and may have saved her life. >> i didn't hear the alarm or gunfire at first and when i took the alarm was going on. i heard the shots and saw mr. feis run out there and i saw him get shot. >> reporter: others took shelter in a culinary classroom including david hogg. >> we heard more gunshots and that was when we realized this was not a drill. >> reporter: and we just saw david hogg. we're joined by him now. you just saw him in the classroom along with another student, kelsey friend and her mother sheila friend. thanks for coming in. kelsey, let me begin with you. this must have been so terrifying yesterday. you hear that alarm go off when you're in class. >> we heard the alarm which was really strange because we had one earlier that morning. >> you had a fire drill that morning. >> yeah, and we all knew what to
do so we started heading out the classroom but, when we were trying to go down the stairwell, everybody just stopped. i smelled dust and i didn't know what it was so i thought it was like the school trying to pretend like fake smoke. >> you hadn't heard any shots yet? >> no, but when everybody was running up the stairs, i was being shoved and heard gun the shots. >> at first you thought it was another drill. >> yeah. >> then you got back into the classroom. >> i had talked to my teacher and said, i am scared, and then we all heard gunshots and he unlocked the door and let us in. i thought he was behind me. >> this is mr. beigel. >> but he wasn't. >> what happened? >> when he opened the door, he had to relock it so we could stay safe, and he didn't get the chance. >> might have saved your life.
>> and i'm so thankful he was there to help everybody who did live in that classroom because he was in the doorway and the door was still open and the shooter probably didn't know we were in there because mr. beigel was laying on the floor so, if the shooter would have came into the room, i probably wouldn't be speaking with you right now. >> he put himself first. and he had been a big help to you all year long, hadn't he? >> yeah, he would explain a lot of things to a lot of us in the classroom and he was just easy to comprehend the subject when he taught it because he would explain and give us like examples and was a really -- he was a really amazing teacher. >> you'll never forget him. >> never.
>> sheila, those must have been terrifying moments for you when you didn't know what happened to your daughter. >> i didn't know what was going on. she was texting me and she's telling me she hears gunshots. i figure it's okay, kelsey, sometimes she gets upset then she said my teacher is on the floor. i thought the teacher was hiding, not that the teacher got shot because i don't know. i called the school. the school phone was busy. i called coral springs. she's like is it an emergency. no, they hung up and i started yelling with the tv on. i didn't know what was going on and she didn't text me for a little bit so i'm texting, kelsey, kelsey, she did and she was upset. she got me upset. it was like -- i don't know. i didn't know what to do. >> how could anyone know what to do in that situation. david, we saw that video. describe what you were thinking
and feeling as it was happening. >> honestly most of the time i thought it was a drill and i think many of us did -- >> a lot of you did, didn't you? >> yes, because we had heard things said that we would possibly have a code red drill, which is an active shooter drill and we thought it was a drill until after we saw the headlines. after that we knew it was not a drill and this was a life-or-death situation. >> this is something you had trained for before, though. there had been drills. >> from what i've seen at the school we have had meetings and teachers talking about what to do in these type of situations actually pretty recently, and we had initiatives to lock all the doors and i think honestly that worked and easily saved a couple hundred if not a thousand lives. because all those doors were locked. >> you knew to get back into the classroom. >> yes. >> have you been able to reach out to your other friends and students? >> yeah, i was able to reach out to my other friends and students and, thank god, they're all all right. however, my sister who is a
freshman here, she had two of her like best friends die in this awful incident. and what i wish people would know is that this is something that people cannot get used to. this is something that we can't let keep happening. if we do get used to it, it will happen again. >> that is so true. >> this is a time for our country to take a look in the mirror and realize there is a serious issue here. >> you just told the country that and you're exactly right. thank you all. i hope you get the help you need and reach out to your friends. thank you very much. robin. >> can't get used to this. we should not get used to this. we're also learning more about the shooter in this horrific massacre, 19-year-old nikolas cruz, a former student at the school expelled for disciplinary reasons and had been identified as a potential threat. our chief national correspondent tom llamas is also there in florida. he is outside the shooter's home with new details about his past.
good morning, tom. >> reporter: robin, good morning and the police presence is getting larger by the minute. just behind me local police and the fbi is here as well. the alleged shooter lived just around that corner in parkland, florida. he lived with the friend and the friend's family. in interviews, they paint a profile of a teenager who was obsessed with guns and who at least once before threatened to shoot up his school. just last night a relative tells us he was adopted but that early on in his life his adoptive father passed away, and months ago, his adoptive mother died a sudden and very painful death from complications brought on by the flu. several students who spoke with abc news say it was no secret the teenager you see in this photo was dangerous and even threatened to kill. >> he carried multiple guns. he showed me his guns. >> reporter: police describe nikolas cruz as armed for a war when he allegedly stormed this south florida high school.
senator bill nelson says the fbi informed him the alleged gunman had a gas mask and smoke grenades along with his assault rifle. >> he had countless magazines, multiple magazines, and at this point we believe he had one ar-15 rifle. i don't know if he had a second one. >> reporter: the 19-year-old, seen here being taken down and handcuffed by law enforcement, was wearing an rotc maroon shirt dark jeans and combat boots when he was arrested. former classmates paint the teen as troubled. >> about a year ago, i saw him upset in the morning and i was like what's up. he was like, i swear to god i'll shoot up the school and i said, yo, watch what you're saying around me. and then i just left him after that. >> reporter: that student tells us he warned school officials. cruz was eventually expelled from marjory stoneman douglas high school, the campus he would allegedly turn into a hunting ground. >> he got in a fight with this one kid, and then from what i know, he wasn't allowed to bring his backpack because they found
bullet casings in it. >> reporter: former classmate joshua charles told us the allege ud gunman tried to sell him weapons. >> he offered to sell me knives at some point. i just thought he was one of those kids who he likes to have fun with objects like that. >> reporter: overnight, the fbi searching for clues in the parkland, florida, home where he last lived and the focus this morning from investigators, any hint of a motive on social media. >> we've already began to dissect his websites and the things that social media that he was on and some of the things that have come to mind are very, very disturbing. >> reporter: experts tell us, judging from the shooter's age his social media profile and relationships with other teens will likely turn up major clues. >> i guarantee you there is information out there that he was going to do this. that, you know, when he acquired the firearms if he did, or did he get them from home, the things he may have said on social media.
>> reporter: students at stoneman douglas high school say they point to pages that belong to him. in the photos cruz's seen holding a pistol. another shows an arsenal of weapons. these social media pages are now being looked at. >> i think everyone in the school had it in the back of their mind if anyone was going to do it, it would most likely be him. >> reporter: now, there was a social media user on youtube who was posting comments with the same name as the alleged shooter nikolas cruz saying he wanted to kill different groups of people. now this morning, buzzfeed is reporting that one youtube user noticed this and alerted the fbi because one of the posts from the alleged shooter said i'm going to be a professional school shooter. now, the fbi followed up but it's unclear if it ever led back to cruz. robin and michael. >> they're still looking into that. all right, thank you very much, tom. i'm really struck -- going back to george -- struck by both young people you spoke to, especially the young man who said we should not -- we can't get used to this. we can't become numb to these types of incidents.
>> and, robin, we say that again and again and again but no one could say it more powerfully than that young man right there who was right in the middle of it at that moment. we've seen so many of these. 18 this year, more than -- almost 300 since sandy hook. think about that. almost 300 school shootings since sandy hook and now, right here in parkland, florida, in one of the safest cities in america. >> one of the trending hashtags yesterday, enough is enough. we'll get back to you. >> enough is enough, robin. back to george later as much more ahead on that. now we go over to rob with some weather. >> hey, good morning, michael. a warm-up across much of the east and fog. time now for your springlike cities brought to you by venture card.
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♪ so, why don't you just meet me in the middle ♪ welcome back to "gma." you're looking at that terrifying scene in parkland, florida. students evacuating marjory stoneman douglas high school on valentine's day after a 19-year-old gunman opened fire in one of the deadliest school shootings ever. >> so, here we have another community reeling from violence and let's go back to george, who is there in florida. george. >> and, robin, you saw those pictures of those students leaving. so many schools now, so well trained for something like this to happen, and so many of the students who were going through this at first thought this was just another drill. we also have heard from president trump since the shooting. he started out tweeting his condolences. just moments ago, he added this on twitter. "so many signs that the florida shooter was mentally disturbed,
even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. must always report such instances to authorities again and again." want to go to tom llamas for more outside the shooter's home. tom. >> reporter: good morning to you. more and more police are showing up and they're searching this home where the alleged shooter lived with his friend and his friend's family and they're trying to figure out why exactly nikolas cruz did that at his former school. now, earlier this morning we got fresh video of the alleged shooter heading to the broward county jail in ft. lauderdale. that's where he will be held until he goes to a bond hearing. we expect that to happen later today. the latest numbers we're getting from police and from law enforcement sources are just staggering. 17 people dead. among the dead are students, of course, and adults, 15 injured including the suspect, and among those injured, at least five right now are fighting for their lives and we say those numbers and it is so painful and our thoughts and prayers go out to
all those families. now, we do know that there were warning signs and spoke to friends and former classmates of the alleged shooter who say he was obsessed with guns and that he had threatened at least once before to shoot up the school and now we see those haunting images when students with their hands raised were evacuated by the school as s.w.a.t. members went inside to see that whatever kids survived were okay and we can confirm this morning that the gun used was an ar-15, an assault rifle and, according to our reporting, that gun was purchased legally by the suspect who was only 19 years old. george, back to you. >> okay, tom. thanks very much. as you said, other students have said they saw disturbing social media posts from the shooter and moments ago i spoke to jim lewis, the lawyer for the family who took cruz in after his adoptive mother died. i imagine the family must be devastated. >> they can't believe it. took in this young man, his family, his mother just recently
died. he knew their son very well. >> this happened around thanksgiving? >> mother died november 1st last year. he moved with them in thanksgiving and they took him in because he really didn't have another place to go and he was good friends with their son and they don't know what to make of this. they didn't see this coming. they're just mortified. >> have they had a chance to speak with him since he taken into custody? >> no. >> he said something about valentine's day. >> he was supposed to get up and go with the father to the adult education school he was going to but made some comment, it's valentine's day. i don't go to school on valentine's day. >> you say they saw no signs. he built up quite an arsenal. they knew he did have an assault rifle. >> yes, and he brought it into the home and it was in a locked gun safe. that was the condition when he came into their home that the gun was locked away. >> none of the gas masks or any of the other magazines he was reported to have had. >> no, we didn't see -- the
family didn't see or know about any of those. >> and their son brought in for questioning. >> this son, which is how i got involved, was brought in last night to see what he knew and when he knew it and he's been totally debriefed and law enforcement let him go home and indicated he is no longer a person or suspect of interest. he had friends at that school. he is totally unbelievably in shock that his friend could have done anything like this. >> the shooter had behavioral problems. he had been expelled from school. other students said they saw, you know, his arsenals on social media. some strange behavior, but you're saying the family never had any indication. >> i spoke to the father. they're not social media people, they don't go on to it. haven't really spoke to the son that much about it but simply they indicated they saw nothing like this coming. they never saw any anger, no bad feelings against the school. depressed because his mother died and that situation but trying to work himself out of it. getting some help.
getting some therapy. >> he had been going to therapy. >> my understanding he was getting started in some therapy and they were trying to help him. >> he never talked about any resentment against the school or any particular student in that's the thing that is surprising to them.t ink he had been there since he left last year and didn't really keep in touch witn with their consent by law forcement, and they're just like everybody else trying to make some sense of this and trying to figure out why. >> what a blow to that family. > m thinksjo b fory joining us. >>i' connor, let me start with you. you were on the top floor of the when this first happ.ed tell us what you saw and heard. >> so, it was around 2:20 and really skeptical because there was another one like earlier that day.
and we hado n going on so, we looked over the stairs and there were -- we heard gunshots and popping sounds so everybody ran back into their classrooms. >> that's what you had been trained to do, get inside the classroom. o,n were inside, everybody like piled on top of . ea like i couldn't move my legs, someone had to help me get my t ri>> wphwoulck sdn't ground. >> yes. >> were you able to get the door locked? >> yes. >> and, you know, this is so unimaginable to anve msot ubeo situation. what were you all thinking and feeling as you're sitting there waiting, hearing these shots outside? >> i thought i was going to die. , wesroom. i didn't know if they would knock on our door, which they did. they shot around the doors.
>> did he shoot inside? >> notoun ihaascl ar sense of were being fired, where he was going, what he was doing? ooe o, when he got to t pretty fast, and there were about ten shots up there or so, he started like going a little bit furtr >> but you were trying to be quiet, not a sound. >> yeah. an c>>'t ima idea what was going on.ti. >> you're a nurse. >> i'm a nurse and my hospital westsi tois parkltlanitd, your kid's s is being shot up. at first, ere the h'tigh sc khool. i couldn't get anywhere near the school. by the time i got here it was
>> and you were starting to hear they were texting me asking me, you know, did you find your son? did you hear from him? did you --nd s itill ht n'ad time, probably hours because -- >> a couple of hours y c kldou . >> i'm not sure of the exact time, but, so, yhah,t was hardest part. but later he told me that, ou y know, it was because they had -- th w had to shut their phones off and put their phones down, s bef yorlle i did. he when the theyhe were able to turn on -- >> how long did it take for the police to get there? >> to be in the building? >> yeah. >> to come to us took about -- we were sitting for like 30 minutes probably, maybe less. r.ve>>t t
-- longest 30 minutes of your life? >> yeah, it s. the door, like they were knocking. they were telling us to open up kind of code and didn't do that oring .e bconfused and to openo >> it sounds like you had incredible presence of mind and you figured out how to work together to stay as safe as possible. >> yeah. >>e av hhau yomu talk to your friends and classmates since. >> yes. >> since this happened? >> yeah, it's all over snapchat we're making sure each and every one of us is okay. hahis e you ever heard anythinga s beouen for the entire community but thank you for sharing your time with us this morning. thank you both. later, we'll also have a hero teacher who helped keep his classroom safe. at tea my mom's pain from moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis was intense.
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routine to those who lost their lives and then, on the slopes mikaela shiffrin giving people something to smile about, a gold >> reporter: the wait was worth it. >> giant slalom gold for mikaela golden club, earning the top spot in the giant slalom. >> coming down the hill and to >> reporter: the alpine skier finally making her 2018 debut. shiffrin's event delayed twice due to heavy winds and extreme temperatures in pyeongchang. riding the hill proved to be tough. skiers crashing on the course throughout the competition. one right into these photographers. the 22-year-old shiffrin zigzagging down the mountain with speed and grace. shiffrin's win achieving a promise she made to hers after her stunning win, the now
two-time gold medalist raising n with shiffrin writing about that big moment on instagram. stars in the right hand, stripes in the left. careful with the wind, don't drop it. okay, okay, all set, cool, now smile. >> there will be a lot more froe first of four events and that goant slalom that earned her because of the weather. it was windy and cold and i'm , tas whe the high was a balmy 34 degrees, and i do not want to hear about your 60-degree weather in new yo. i can't. >> i'm not even going to mention it. you mentioned it for me. and the athletes showed us irand the traged ty that happenn florida and our hearts are with them as well. where do we stand with the medal >> yes, so team usa has a total
with eight medals, five of them are gold, but norway has the most overall medals dominating with 16. germany ths gstmo right now team usa in fifth place here at the olympics in pyeongchang but we still have a long ways to go. back to you. amy enjoy that balmy 34-degree a. >> i will. >> talk to you later.ng up, eve have that hero math teacher who helped protect his class. >> announcs an abc news special report. ierth: is good morning everyone. for those of you just joining u. we bresak into your regular programming with news on the deadly school rampage florida. the sheriff scott israel is about to speak. >> all the victims' families have been notified. we will be releasing a list of those that lost their lives yesterday. it will be released throughout pio in a very short period of
time. but all the families hav be det the night on this veryau dntg i they worked tirelessly. this community is hurting right now. there's going to be a lot of conversations over the next couple of days and weeks and i'm going to be very what i think this country can .doto these tragedies in the future. today is a day of healing and mourning. the suspect is in custody. he will be appearing beforeis m p.m. at the broward county courthouse. thisorng we have begun working with the fbi and you'll be hearing from the special agent in charge of the f few minutes. we're also working with the enoridatm darepection
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call that's made to take out resources at a time like this and place them in places where we don't need to be we will do the full power of the sheriff's offi wcelil this and charge anyone accordingly with the maximum cha ergca wn wheen doing something horrific. so pathetic. governor scott is going to come. and then you can hear from special agent in charge of the fbi. i'll return to the microphone. and answer some questions. i think it's note next press conference i will be releasing a timeline based on investigation and video that we have captured as to what happened yesterday and i would like to take you through it in chronological order. e, we not ready to do that aar will be back here and release
that. now i would like to introduce florida's governor rich scott. >> thank you ifersh evef.rybodye sheriff's department for all their hard work to make sure this individual, we have justice and to make sure this never happens again. i think everybody up here is going to say the same thing. our hearts and prayersith these familire loved onese andth t he w families that have loved ones still in the hospital, i had the opportunity to visit with some families last night and then also we want to make sure this never happens again. next week in tallahassee i'll sit down with state leaders and have two things. how do we make sure when a parent is ready to send their child to school that in florida that parent knows that child is going to be safe? number two, how do we make sure individuals with mental illness do not touch a gun?
we need to have a real conversation so we have public safety for schools in this state. i have spoken with the speaker, senate president and they're committed to provide the resources and have a real conversation about how do we make sure that we have public safety. i want to makeur sildreen and m yours, everybody in this state i'm going to stay here and do everything i can. i know all the stateesesrcou t hard with the sheriff's department, school district to do everything we can to go forward but the violence has to stop. we cannot lose another child in this country to violence in a school. there's many families grieving right now. we have got to grieve with them, mourn with them but give them their space. there'll be a time they'll want
to sit down and tell their story by right now, they want their own time to grieve. so i want to thank everybody from the sheriff's department to the federal government for everything they are doing, the school district, for everything they're doing to keep people safe and the attorney general for the victim advocates coming down here to be helpful. >> good morning. i'm the special agent in charge with the fbi. i want to express my heart-felt condolences to the victims and family and friends who suffered this senless and cowardly act. the fbi continues to stand by the sheriff's office and support them and give them every resource they need to investigate this heinous crime. in 2017 the fbi received information about a comment made on a youtube channel. the comment simply said, i'm going to be a professional
school shooter. no other infontimaas w comment. which would indicate a time, location or the true identity of the person who made the comment. the fbi conducted datareviews, checks but was unable to further identify the person who actually made the comment. again as a native south floridian my heart goes out to the victims, the families and friends and the entire community. thank you. >> i would like to bring up our superintendent of schools ron runcy. >> again and we can't say this enough, every minute of the day is focusing on how we can support our families, our students and our staff as we s horrific situation. we have provided grief
counsellors at several locations, two in parkland, two in coral springs. we are doing everything that we can to make sure that we are supporting our students. we're also providing grief counsellors on site for students and staff at the middle school near here. throughout the district we are providing guidance to all of our schools on how to have conversations with our students on this particular topic. i will tell you that students have been reaching out to me, reaching out to staff, probably board members and others saying that now, now is the time for this country to have a real conversation on sensible gun control laws in this country. our students are asking for that conversation. and i hope we can get it done in
this generation but if we don't, they will. the second thing i would say and the governor alluded to it something we can get done in this legislative session is some real funding for mental health support for our youth and organizations in our community so we can properly provide the right kind of interventions. we should not have disconnected youth wandering around in our communities and we know they need additional support. i've been on the phone with members of the legislature, they're going to work with the leaders there and the governor to substantially increase the amounts that are being put on the table right now for mental health services so we can have more counsellors. more psychologists, more family counsellors, caseworkers in our schools. it's absolutely needed. the last thing i would say is that there have been a lot of inquiries as to where individuals can provide support. i want to thank everyone in the
broward community and around this country for your continued thoughts and prayers, acts of kindness that we see minute by minute. there is a go fund me account that's been set up as we talked about yesterday. there have been a lot of fraudulent type of activity set up out there. so we worked to establish something credible. go fund me account. stoneman douglas fund which motion can make contributions. again, please keep our babies, our families and this entire community in your prayers as we go through this healing process. it's going to take quite a while for us to be able to deal with this. but we're going to do everything we can every day, create the greatest amount of flexibility that we can to make sure we're supporting our families, again, i want to thank our law enforcement agencies, sheriff
israel, the fbi, the first responders. and we had an athletic director campus monitor who responded immediately when there was signs of trouble in the school. unfortunately those two heroes give their lives for our ks prs from being worse. so we need to acknowledge our heroes ery day, our teachers and educators for not only ensuring our kids are learning and developing the skills they need to have a bright future but they love and treat them as if they're their own th's another thing we need do, to figure out how we can better compensate and reward teachers in this country and not just give lip service to the quality of the work they provide. thank you. >> as i said yesterday when our
attorney general found out about this tragedy having dealt with the pulse nightclub and having a lot of expertise in this area unfortunately, she got on the plane and was down here within hours and helped out and has begun to help a lot of the to here so she can tell you the great things they're doing to try and help our families in parkland. >> thank you sheriff. thank you govern. thank you spe lasky. last night there were two scenes going on. one at the actual crime scene and broward sheriff's office and the fbi, they were second to none. they were ie udid.bl that scene from a cmeri prosecution point of view was meticulously detailed, and it took as long as needed to take to make sure it was thoroughly processed and accurately processed. the other scene was at the hotel where we were with the family members. having to tell with the fbi advocates and my advocates that
a child, some 14 years old dead is one of the hardest things you have to do in your career. these parents tremendous families are grieving and again please respect their privacy. we were there until about 3:30 in the morning with these families and many of them had siblings who were in the school and survived and then a brother or a sister did not. so that was extremely tragic. but we are families and are continuing to pray for these families and justice is done for the one that brutally murdered all of these students. my job now will continue to be to help the victims and the families. we have gotten to all of the victims who have lost loved ones to be sure that we can help pay for their funeral expenses. if you are in the hospital with your family we will be coming to you today to help you to make sure we help with your hospital
bills. you have nothing to worry about there. we will be on scene with the fbi and superintendent who has done a great job, our advocates will be there to provide counseling. what we saw in las vegas, what we saw at pulse, people who -- we don't think were impacted were impacted. so we're going to provide counseling for all of them. i was on the phone until 2:00 a.m. with go fund me and again first thing this morning. it is safe to give to go fund me. they're pulling bad websites off constantly and monitoring everything. in fact, one of the top people at knew a victim, knew a victim. that's how far reaching this is. so there's going to be one unified side. so please don't be afraid to give to go fund me and all of these victims and their families will be protected and again governor, i cannot thank you for your support. we have been on the phone constantly. he was here the second this happened. i can't thank you, fdle, the sheriff's office and the fbi
enough. this is what you don't see around the country. you see teamwork. that's what happens in florida. that's what makes us very special. thank you. >> before we take questions. i would like to also thank congressman ted deutsche from coming down from washington, d.c. the elected officials from around the county. my message to the community is simple. your elected officials, your commissioners, your state reps, your state senators, make sure these are people that aren't worrying about millage rates and saving money. this is a time to save lives. we need more law enforcement and deputies. this isn't the time to worry about how many dollars might be saved if we don't have a deputy here or a police officer here. this is nationwide. we need more heroes, more first
responders, not less first responders. and i know many states have different terms to help our mentally ill. we all pray for our mentally ill and pray for them to recover. we all know someone or a family who is affected by someone suffering from mental illness. the baker act in florida allows law enforcement or medical professionals to confine a person involuntarily while they get examined an looked at. but you have to have a reason that they're a threat to themselves or someone else. what i'm asking our lawmakers to do is go back to places like tallahassee and washington, d.c. and give police the power if they see something on social media, if they see graphic pictures of rifles and blood and gore and guns and bombs, if they
see something horrific language, if they see a person talking about i want to grow up to be a serial killer, we need to have the power to take that person and bring them before a mental health professional at that particular time. involuntarily and have them examined. people are going to be rightfully so concerned about their rights as am i. but what about the rights of these students. what about the rights of young kids who go to schools with book bags and pencils, don't they have the right to be protected by the united states government to the best of our ability? that's what we'll be doing. any questions? >> sheriff, the condition of the people injured? >> coach feis. i don't know about the incident yet or what his performance was but i know aaron personally. i coached with him. my two boys played for him. i don't know when aaron's funeral is.
i don't know how many adults are going to go but you'll get 2,000 kids there. the kids in this community loved and adored him. he was one of the greatest people i knew. he was a phenomenal man. i don't know the specifics yet. but i could tell you what, when aaron feis died when he was killed, tragically he did it protecting others. you can guarantee that because that's who he was. >> can you tell us about the condition those injured, what are the extents of their injuries and what kind did they have? >> we are fortunate today to have our doctors who worked so tirelessly and save so many lives yesterday so we're going to bring up one of our doctors to speak about some of those questions and answer those questions. doctor. >> thank you. good afternoon. dr. evan boyar, director and chairman of the department of emergency medicine at broward health north and i also have
colleagues from broward health main here. and the three of us collectively hopefully could answer some of those questions. so for starters, just because we're medical professionals doesn't mean we're numb to the emotions and we send out our sympathy to all the families involved. the worst thing is a parent is if your kid doesn't come home from school that day hits home pretty hard and we sympathize for them. with that being said, nowadays unfortunately we do drills for this. about nine months ago we did a drill at our facility specifically for an active shooter. so when it becomes a live event, we can work seamlessly with fire rescues, bso in order to ensure patient safety. i want to commend the prehospital personnel yesterday for their efforts and all the efforts at broward health north, broward health main and coral springs medical center got a couple of patients as well.
specifically to broward health north, and i'll turn it over to dr. menendez about broward health main. we had a total of nine patients. one was the suspect treated and released. we had two patients deceased. three patients have been discharged. we currently have three patients in the hospital. one with an extremity wound who is doing well and working with physical therapy and another patient still intubated after penetrating trauma to the chest but doing well and following commands and a third patient that remains intubated in critical condition. dr. menendez. >> i'm the director for the emergency department of broward health medical center. yesterday was a tragedy that we as a team took care of these patients. we are a facility. we saw seven patients. right now we have two patients that are critical/stable condition. the other five went home or on
their way home and they're in good condition. the other two, stable condition. i have dr. fuente. if you have any questions he can tell you. >> thank you. i'm the trauma medical director at broward health medical center. unfortunately this is becoming routine for us now. this is the second episode we have had in a year. which is very sad. the first thing i want to say is that this second time around just like the first time around, the first responders did a terrific job. for those of you who understand what we do in trauma, time is of the essence and really the delivery of those patients was fantastic yesterday. it made a huge difference in the outcomes. as dr. menendez said we received seven patients, one was discharged last night. we had one that was in critical condition that went to surgery. we had two more stable patients
that also required surgery. we had -- there's still out of the six left in this of the. hoping to send two home today. but i expect full recovery. >> can you please tell us are you prepared to tell us that nikolas cruz is the same person that wrote the youtube comment? can you comment about the youtube post? >> we do not know if it's the same person. we did our database checking and could not positively identifying him and we're looking at it again. but i'm not willing to say at this time it was the same person. >> sheriff -- >> is there any indication that someone was specifically targeted that started all of this? >> not at this time. that's certainly a possibility. the fbi, the florida department of law enforcement and broward sheriff's office will be working con jung actively to interview
as many people as we can so down the road we can uncover this information. right now it's no more than a possibility. >> do you know how he got in? >> we will speak about that. we do know about that and at our next press conference i will take the media through a timeline and talk about through videotapes, we'll match up video with realtime information and disseminate that. [ talking over one another ] >> what can you tell us about how he obtained the ar-15? we understand it was legally bought. >> we're not going to release that until later today if we do at all today. that's something that alcohol, tobacco and firearms, those investigators are trying to track down, the history of this weapon. we believe we know where the weapon was purchased, where the weapon came from. but that's being pieced together. so that will be something that we will discuss at the
appropriate times. >> there were shootings last year and now this tragic shooting. what can you tell the people, what else -- [ inaudible ] >> as i said, i talk about this all the time, it's not a phrase, it's not a term, it's the way we have to live our lives. if we see something we need to say something. if that neighbor comes home every friday at 4:00 and he or she is always carrying a grocery bag and the last two fridays they have gone to a range and come back with bullets in the bag on fridays, that's a change in behavior. that's something we need to know about. you know, your our eyes and ears. one community member who sees something can do more than sometimes law enforcement can do in a period of months. right now if you know anybody and saying this raises a red flag, i was thinking of calling, don't think about calling, call us. call the fbi. call the florida department of law enforcement.
call the broward sheriff's office but if you have -- if there's something in your gut that tells you something not right with this person, this person has the capabilities in my mind to do this or that, please don't remain silent and let us know about it. >> can you explain why he was expelled? >> all the way back to -- [ inaudible ] was he on the school district's radar? what was done about it because people have known for him years already prior to. >> how did he get back on campus? >> why was he expelled? >> you know, as a school district, we have to protect the privacy of our students. so i can't go into detail about the student's record and personal information. i will tell you it was a former student at stoneman douglas because of issues that arose
here, he was transferred to another school within the county. >> was it a troubled school? >> again, i'm not privileged to provide that information at the moment. but it is a student that we have been providing supports for and recognize that there certainly were challenges. the specifics i can't get into. as far as a student coming on campus, this particular individual came on to campus at the time of dismissal and that is a fairly open time for the campus and he entered the facility at that moment. [ inaudible ] >> is there a disciplinary record having been expelled and enrolled in another school, the district knew he was out there, he had problems in the past, correct? >> let me say this. when we have students within our
care in the district, we provide the services that we can provide them. this is bigger than just the school system. our kids are out of our schools two-thirds of the time they're up. we need a community-wide approach to helping our students with challenges and mental health concerns. again, we have got to invest resources to make sure we minimize the occurrence of this ever happening again because if we don't, it's not a matter of if, it's going to be when. >> sheriff, do you know if there was a psychological trigger with this student for this event? >> i have no idea. >> where are you guys processing the scene? >> there are some bodies still in the school. there's a -- right now the focus of the fbi and the broward sheriff's office is on the successful prosecution of this killer. and we're not going to leave any
stone unturned. we're trying to process this as quickly as we can. but investigators are involved. there's science, dna and a whole plethora of things. we want to go fast but we're not going to rush it. we're going to get it right before we get it fast. that's what's going on right now. [ talking over one another ] >> what was the conversation about situations like this -- >> do students in the school know -- they were concerned about a classmate, is there a protocol? >> i'm sure there is. there is a process. they can get ahold of teachers, guidance counsellors, make anonymous calls to crime stoppers. if somebody knows something there's certainly ample way to say yes. >> governor scott, is there a way -- [ inaudible ] >> we had a school resource deputy, deputy peterson on campus and he was armed.
he never encountered at this point the only thing i can tell you is he never encountered cruz. >> you said you would have a real conversation about how to prevent something like this from happening. does that real conversation tell the state that's something we'll look into? >> two things i want to focus on when i have this conversation next week is i want to focus on school safety and that's going to focus on dollars, it's going to focus as the superintendent said on mental health, dollars. we have got to think about this. if somebody is mentally ill they should not have access to a gun. i want to focus on both things. i have spoken to the speaker of the house and they're receptive to have this conversation about school safety. all of us have children, our grandchildren, nieces or nephews and none of us want anything
like this to happen again. i should say something in spani spanish. [ speaking spanish ] >> governor, it seemed like there's a big focus on mentally ill. is he mentally ill or are we assuming because he killed so many people? >> i think it's a pretty good assumption to start out with, yes. >> governor, should you forecast for us the conversation you plan to have? how will they be different from the conversations you -- [ inaudible ] >> let's remember this. first off, pulse was a terrorist attack and after pulse i asked for money and the legislature
supported adding more counterterrorism experts through our florida department law enforcement and we did that. we added 46 additional. in this case all our schools have to be safe. simple as that. how do we do that? it's going to be funding. it's going to be both for security, mental illness, counsellors. but on top of that, we've got to say to ourselves if we have somebody mentally ill they can't have access to a gun. but look, i'm open to having a conversation about things because i don't want my children, your children to go through anything like this. i don't want a parent to have to say i have to teach you now you have to be careful about a shooter. that's not the society we want to live in. >> i also -- we have out here today i'm flanked by many of our
school board members, elected officials on the school board. a host of others. we appreciate them being out here and we're going to make sure they're part of the conversations, too, because they deeply care about their students and this community. so i'm glad to see them here today. a few more questions. >> what has cruz said to you at this point? >> we're not going to release anything he said. >> do you know -- >> seen something suspicious report it. if someone came to you with information about this suspect what would you have legally done about the fact he owned a gun? >> well, if the he legally owned a gun we couldn't do anything about arresting him for having a gun because you used the word legally. but we could certainly follow up and go to visit him whether he legally owns a gun or not. if a red flag goes up and something not right and we think this person has a propensity to do such a horrific act i think police all over this nation need to be empowered to take that
person and medically deliver him to a medical facility where they can be examined. thank you for your time. we'll be back in about an hour. >> as you can see we're still waiting also for president trump for his remarks. he has tweeted but not said anything on camera and we're awaiting his remarks. broward county sheriff scott israel began that press conference saying all 17 families have been notified about the loss of their loved ones and that the gunman, the 19-year-old has been charged 17 charges that he is facing of premeditated murder. earlier tom llamas was outside nikolas cruz's home and now he is outside the school. tom. >> reporter: robin good morning to you and we have just learned also that nikolas cruz will appear before a judge at 2:00 and one of the stunning revelations we heard actually
came from the fbi. they acknowledged that there was a youtube channel where apparently nikolas cruz had posted months ago a comment that basically read i'm going to be a professional school shooter. now a youtube blogger notified the fbi and sent them a screen shot but the fbi says they had no other information that was included with that comment which could indicate a time or location or identity of the person. the fbi says they conducted a database review checks but they were not able to locate who exactly nikolas cruz was even though his user name was the same name he has. that was a big revelation. all 17 families have been notified. unfortunately because of this investigation at work and investigators have been working through the night at the school which is just behind me, some of the victims' bodies are still there because this investigation is going to take a long time. both the broward sheriff's office, the florida department of law enforcement and fbi are
all working on this together. at 2:00 p.m. we may get one of our first looks today at the suspect nikolas cruz when he appears before that judge, robin. >> tom, i know you'll stay on the situation there. we are expecting again for president trump to make his remarks. he did send out tweets but this will be his first on camera remarks. he'll be speaking from the diplomatic room at the white house. i was also struck by something that the sheriff said when he was talking about this is a day of mourning of course. and also being very respectful of the families, the loved ones but he said in the days ahead he would animated about the discussion. many of the questions that the sheriff and also governor rick scott were asking about gun control. we heard from the superintendent who said that in talking with the students who are already receiving counseling that they asked their parents, other people about sensible gun
control laws. the students there having gone through this are now asking about that and that is a discussion that will be taking place at some point. i want to go to our chief justice correspondent pierre thomas. the fbi agent that was there was saying they were aware of that youtube posting but as we heard with tom, they were not able to get any more information directly linked to the shooter. >> that's right, robin. clearly, there's going to be more work done in terms of where the signs were missed. i also was struck by the fact that they mentioned there's still bodies in the room, in the school. robin. >> here's the president. >> my fellow americans. today i speak to a nation in grief. yesterday a school filled with innocent children and caring
teachers became the scene of terrible violence, hatred and evil. around 2:30 yesterday afternoon police responded to reports of gunfire at marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, florida. a great and safe community. there a shooter who is now in custody opened fire on defenseless students and teachers. he murdered 17 people and badly wounded at least 14 others. our entire nation with one heavy heart is praying for the victims and their families. to every parent, teacher and child who is hurting so badly,
we are here for you, whatever you need, whatever we can do to ease your pain. we are all joined together as one american family. and your suffering is our burden also. no child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an american school. no parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning. each person who was stolen from us yesterday had a full life ahead of them. a life filled with wondrous beauty and unlimited potential and promise. each one had dreams to pursue, love to give and talents to share with the world. and each one had a family to
whom they meant everything in the world. today we mourn for all of those who lost their lives. we comfort the grieving and the wounded. and we hurt for the entire community of parkland, florida that is now in shock and pain and searching for answers. to law enforcement, first responders and teachers who responded so bravely in the face of danger, we thank you for your courage. soon after the shooter i spoke with governor scott to convey our deepest sympathies to the people of florida and our determination to assist in any way that we can. i also spoke with florida attorney general pam bundy and
broward county sheriff scott israel. i'm making plans to visit parkland to meet with families and local officials and to continue coordinating the federal response. in these moments of heartache and darkness we hold on to god's word in scripture, i have hrdea, i will heal you. we trustse and we hold fast to our fellow americans in their time of sorrow. i want direc saktlype to america's children. especially those who feel lost, alone, confused or even scared. i want you to know that you are never alone and you never will be. you have people who care about you. who love you. and who will do anything at all
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people in florida, perhaps, we are seeing at this moment from some in his own administration, the treasury secretary not long ago saying that personally i think gun violence is a tragedy and urge congress to look at that is not something a statement, a sentiment essrexp e o sd the president made news and sayinge will be vg.init he is scheduled to go to his mar-a-lago resort this weekend. that is just 40 miles away from where that tragedy took place. i do know from sources here in this white house there is active discussions about whether the president might make that visit this weekend. again robin, the big question going forward, when is the time if not now to talk about gun control perhaps this is the shooting that will inspire them to take up this policy discussion. >> thank you. one of the trending hashtags, enough is enough and often after a shooting like this, it's too
soon to speak about sensible gun control but many people say enough is enough and when is the right time? tom llamas is outside of the school. you have been there since yesterday. what is the sense that you're feeling right now? >> reporter: we're seeing people come with roses and balloons. we just saw some students here from a nearby school sort of break down during that news conference as it was going on. but as far as the issue of gun laws goes, as you and cecilia were discussing, as we first reported on "gma" the alleged shooter nikolas cruz purchased that ar rifle legally. and we could expand on that reporting. our team has confirmed he purchased it from a federally licensed dealer. he's 19 years old and bought it within the last year. you can purchase an ar-15 by the age of 18. and s obtained that rifle, the machine he brought into this school and
killed allse with, he obtai tdn illness and this sort of falls under that umbrella as well. were there warning signs? the school superintendent said they had no warning signs. today he said he couldn't talk about cruz's record. but we talked to multiple det ents who told us that a s d he said he wanted to shoot up the school. he had a passion for guns and carried bullet casings in his book bag. for some reason this child was allowed to come to school and not have a those aren't warningi don't know what are. >> those werear wni sng maintaie officially contacted them but he was expelled for disciplinary reasons and that he had in hise backpack. lem llamas, thank you. phs t' andot the fbi of course is fully engaged in this case pierre. >> robin, they are.
we know based on what the superintendent said this morning that this young man was getting support. he was getting support and he had mental health issues that the sheriff islking about and w this young man was able to buy an ar-15 assault rifle. the system did not blink red. how could you have a young man who had these kind of issues then get the weapon? ther mrical major point about a conversation about social media.eoe post extremely violent images and statements online, should the authorities have the ability to go get those people and get them before professionals to evaluate them. these are theatrsvensionow. the point i c wanted to make is was struck when they said there's still bodies i wnsidee to keep that in mind today. >> and that's what all the officials there were saying. as know that people want to te possible.
and the families that's how they began the press conference, the families now have been notified. many of the students, they didn't have any id on them and we do need to keep the families in our hearts and minds. navid muir has made his wayflidw i know you're going to be broadcasting there from tonight david. important to keep the bigger picture here of what this country has now witnessed in the last five to six months. three of the deadliest mass shootings in modern american times. it's sort of extraordinary to think we're on the scene in parkland, florida after being in texas, the worst church shooting in modern times. after las vegas which we know is now the top of the list for how deadly that scene was. here in florida, the stories that you hear from these students and how commonplace this has become in this country. about the drill that happened earlier in the day and so when
they heard the fire alarm pulled and obviously it's believed the suspect pulled that alarm to try to get to kids and teachers to race out of the classrooms down the hallways, that they thought it was a little odd to hear that alarm all over again, but so in many schools across bn strhi ta students with drills, additional practice on what to do in these types of situations. it's become so commonplace and president obama faced this issue before the current president and now president trump addressing this issue of gun violence in our schools and in our communities. now several times just since becoming president. there will be a lot of scrutiny now on what the president had to say a short time ago choosing to concentrate on mental health and i don't think in any of these communities you'll find an argument that mental health is one of the issues that has to be looked at but there is another vital component and that is the weapons being used. is believed was purchased legally but there will be questions about this young man's past,
whether or not he should have had a weapon and the multiple warning signs that are beginning to emerge about his past and whether or not a community could have put up red flags far earlier and try to prevent another tragedy like this. but robin, it's something to be again in a community here in america so quickly after those other place that is we have been reporting on yet again all of these families who thought comi going to sports practice and instead they waited to hear if their children's names were on that list. >> we talked to many students on "good morning america" and one student in particular struck us when he said we can't get used to thisve en naming all the times that presidents and not just president trump has had to but his pdeor had to go down to these memorials and to hear this young man say is something that we cannot get used to. thank you, david. who just landed there in
that's helping increase some of >> friends in syracuse saying that ain't nothing. we got plenty of snow where we come from. robin, back over to you. >> all right, rob, i'm here with the breakout star of the incredible new marvel movie, "black panther," very happy to have letitia wright here this morning. [ applause ] letitia. letitia. letitia. all right, letitia, wakanda state of mind over there. just the hype that is surrounding it. michael and i went to the ren n lives up to the hype. are you ready for it to actually be out there and for people to
see it? >> yeah, i feel like we've just been living with it for like a whole year now and just the moment to just really release it to the world. it's out in the uk so that's streaming in, the feedback and now tomorrow, it belongs to you guys so we just hope that you love it. >> they're ready for it. they're ready for it. you had to keep so much a secre you were shooting. and things like that. how did that go? >> that was interesting. i kept rolling, rolling out of my house and black cars kept picking me up. my mli ts ifiwhlm, ke something, to audition for something, and i never said what and the day it kind of got leaked on the internet, i was like, mom, like, i can tell you where i've been going. "black panther." she's like, the civil rights movie. oh, no. i'm like, it's the marvel film. ., kea superhero- liges e'it
forget it. >> has she seen it? >> she's seen it and she loves it. like she loves it. >> so many people, we keep hearing from them. ryan coogler, the director calls you the love and light of this film and after seeing it he is absolutely correct and you are on stage. you're there with these heavy hitters like angela bassett. what was it like to work with them? >> it was amazing. that love and light thing, it kind of also happened even before i met chadwick and ryan. i was praying before i came out to l.a. to screen test and i felt really strongly in my spirit like this thing about love and light kept popping up. those two words, and then ryan kind of confirmed it, she's real positive. she's like the light, oh, my god, i've been praying about this and then that happened but working with them, man, it was a dream come true. especially angela bassett because she did a movie "akeelah
and the bee" years ago that really planted a seed in my heart to do acting and to portray a positive image of young black women like keke palmer, her being a young girl wanting to spell. wanting to be a champion at spelling and having glasses on kind of really inspired me so working with angela was amazing because she gave me loads of advice. >> about being kind. >> about being kind, being, you know, remaining humble. staying close to the ground and doing it for the love of the craft and i would take her advice any day because she still looks good and she's very talented. >> she is. well, i'm going to tell you. do you all want to see an exclusive clip? [ cheers and applause ] >> yes? and see letitia in action. here it is. >> system activated. >> wait, which side of the road? >> just drive. >> i can't.
>> whoo! let's go. >> oh, my gosh. that's a taste. that scene was so wild. >> yeah. >> but you know what i love, it's much like you were talking about keke palmer. your character is smart, the tech genius of theilam fd any for the whole community, and i feel that's very important to you to portray that type of image for young women. >> it's very important. i mean, when you lack something for so long, and when you find it in a film such as this, you a lot of young girls no matter what your age may be, no matter what your color, you can really find positivity and light and love that you can hold on to and it can influence a young child, you know, a young person who is super smarin sl aloochngma td a
and maybe someone's telling them you're a teacher's pet and maybe they can look at this film and see shuri who loves to use her might as a weapon to help her nation and to be so smart, to create and create gadgets and stuff that can change the world d that cane , insampi sramatir. i am intelligent. i'm not a nerd. i'm a world changer and they can move forward. >> i love that. and we have some world changers here. [ applause ]e hoping to get some time. we have students but we don't have the time for the question so -- do we? great, great, great. thank you. i shamed them into getting time to do this. [ laughter ] >> you are from the columbia secondary school. what is your question? >> hi. so future generations will have you to look up to. who was your inspiration growing up and like to be an actress and to be in the first black superhero movie? >> definitely keke palmer and definitely naomie harris.
i felt like they played roles -- i studied keke palmer's work for years like all of the films she did from "barbershop" to "akeelah and the bee" and was a big inspiration and naomie only do i love her work but have been able to call her and get advice so sisters in the communities who you can -- even find inspiration from tv or ca snd allheupm i need help and advice so, if you can find good role models and good people to give you would be good. >> i think adding letitia to that list, don't you think? >> god bless you guys. >> i'm telling you. i'm not kidding. i am not joking. the performance that shehmm. she just jumps off the screen. >> i'm not a perfect person, you know, but it's the work but if you can find inspiration in my work, then cool. >> that makes me love you even
all right. more happy news back with one of the most anticipated shows of the year, "roseanne" coming back to the small screen but in a bi here with a look behind the scenes. the get ready to laugh, right? >> that's right. the "roseanne" reboot starts next month but a sneak pret xpft wofes moments. >> i'm on my way to the set of the "roseanne" show for the "roseanne" show reboot. it's been 20 years. >> i'm so happy to see you. pretty amazing. it's very exciting but it's very
emotionally erwhelming. >> reporter: it's september 2017 and it's a family reunion. >> you look great. abah.loney. >> reporter: roseanne and the rest of her cast mates are gathering in soundstage 8 to read through the script. >> the name of the number one screen "twenty years to life." >> reporter: it's the first time they see the re-created set. >> that first moment we walked in together i don't know that you can totally explain it. >> look at that. >> it was just like walking into your home because it was so familiar. >> hi, everybody. >> it was so crazy to walk into is the set for the firime. it feels like such a time warp. everybody tremembers the stcou and the afghan. >> startling to walk onto that agt se describe how it was. it was strange, exhilarating. wallpaper was reproduced from standing up on my arms like being home again. >> so, we had to have our corn r d then we had fd inou
>> where are the pickled eggs? because we always had a big jar of pickled eggs the s there in pantry. that we got on amazon. >> the first table read was surreal. >> oh, she's my tootsie-wootsie. >> just having everybody sit around the table like we used to and have the sets behind us looking almost exactly the same. it was truly incredible. >> our last selection, the jokes were just writing themselves. i will wake up with jokes in my head. dream jokes, we wanted to show an accurate depiction of america an accurate depiction of america that's very divided. >> reporter: and there's new faces in the conner family portrait.ch darlene parent her daughter in the kitchen that she grew up in and have roseanne standing there
watching her make mistakes. as she did, you know, raising her own kids. ep r>>r:teor likes to wear girls' clothing. >> there is a lot of surprises. to answer all the questions people have asked for 20 years. march 27th. lara, it features the complete original cast including both actresses who played becky. two beckys. >> two roles. >> developing a new character. >> this is great. thank you very much, diane. you can see more behind the scenes tonight, joy behar is hosting a special "20/20" right
good morning bay area. let's get up and get going. >> this isrng, i'm jessica castro from abc 7 mornings. let's check in with meteorologist mike nicco with wll start with the current ou conditions. we're in the 40 spz most today, 59 to 67 in san jose, mo f of us low to mid 60s. warmer in the next couple of da saturday and then old mannen winter comes. >> there's a new injury crash san jose, that's going to add to the already slow ride. better news and earlier crashes cleared eastbound 80. >> time now with live with kelly and ryan. and the reporting continues on
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