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New 911 calls released in Stoneman Douglas shooting: 'There are people here. They are bleeding'

Sun Sentinel logoSun Sentinel 3/14/2018 By Lisa J. Huriash and Paula McMahon, Sun Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Recordings of the anxious, heartbreaking moments between dispatchers and Stoneman Douglas' students and teachers were released Wednesday, providing one of the most comprehensive accounts yet on what happened that day.

A student in Room 1216 tells the dispatcher that they're in the freshman building. She describes what she sees.

"There's holes in the wall," the students says. "There are a lot of people around us who are injured, people are bleeding."

She says where the shooter is, based on the gunfire.

"Please, he's upstairs now," she says. "Please, oh my God."

The student reports three classmates were shot in her classroom at 2:22 p.m.

"Stoneman Douglas High School. There's a shooting at a school. Please, please, please. Please hurry."

"Do not hang up the phone," the Coral Springs dispatcher says. The girl whimpers.

Coral Springs city officials released many of the frantic calls, exactly one month after the Feb. 14 shooting at the Parkland school.

Between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Coral Springs received 115 calls to 911 from students, teachers and their parents.

"Please, please, there are people here they are all bleeding, they are going to die," the student in Room 1216 tells the dispatcher.

She whispers to someone in her class. "Is he dead, is he dead?"

"There's a kid, I think he's dead," she cries to the dispatcher.

"Stay on the phone," the dispatcher says. "We have lots of help on the way, OK?"

"Please, he's dead."

The girl says she is willing to try CPR. But she's in hiding, and her teacher tells her not to move.

The dispatcher urges her to climb into a closet to hide but the closets are on the other side of the room.

"Make sure nobody in your class moves an inch, got it?"

a person holding a stop sign: Camille Aponte hugs her son Nelson Laboy, a 10th grader, as he heads into school at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.

Camille Aponte hugs her son Nelson Laboy, a 10th grader, as he heads into school at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.
© Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS

"He's got blood dripping down his arms," she says of one students, as the girl tries to explain her "neighbor" is among the wounded.

Then "is he still breathing?" asks the dispatcher.

"I don't know, I can't tell," the student replies.

There's panic heard over the line as someone is heard nearing the room.

"They're coming in, they're coming in!" she cries.

The dispatcher asked who's approaching.

"The police or the shooter?"

It was the police, the student realized.

The student wails as she sees some classmates. "Oh my God, they're dead," she said.

In that same classroom, 1216, everyone dropped to the floor.

"I have another student hit," the teacher tells the dispatcher.

As a schoolteacher's 911 call goes through to the dispatcher, she whispers urgently to her students. She wants them to stay safe, crouching down under her desk, in the corner of the classroom.

"Please stay down, please stay down," she says. "Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God.

She repeatedly says, "Just stay down."

She urges the dispatcher to send help.

"There's gunshots," she says. "Please come."

The dispatcher asks, "Have you guys gotten training for active shooter?"

"Ummm, no, not really," the teacher replies.

She said the door was locked but a male student was shot.

The teacher speaks in a low, urgent voice, repeatedly saying that "it" went through the door.

The dispatcher clarifies, "the bullet went through the door?"

"Yes, I have a student down," the teacher says. "I have a student down."

The wounded student isn't breathing.

"It happened so fast," she says.

Inside the classroom, they could not see the gunman. The teacher said she thought she had about 24 students hiding in the corner of the classroom with her. "With the one student down, it's 25."

As the dispatcher keeps trying to keep her calm, the teacher again whispers forcefully to her students.

"Stay down. Stay down. Oh my God."

The dispatcher asks about the wounded student, who is leaned over his desk.

"There's blood all over," the teacher tells her. "He got shot in the chest."

"There's smoke all in my room. My window and my door is shot in."

About 4 minutes and 45 seconds into the call, the teacher can be overheard asking another student: "Are you hit?"

"I have another student hit," the teacher tells the dispatcher.

The calls continued: "They were shooting into my classroom," a girl from Room 1214 tells a dispatcher that someone in the classroom has blood on their face. "He shot the window in."

"I have a class full of students," calls a teacher for help on another call.

"A lot of blood, please help," a girl cries. "Please, it's real. Please help," she cries.

Then the line goes dead.

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