The San Bernardino County Fire Department reported via Twitter on Monday morning that a shooting at an elementary school had left multiple gunshot victims. Many subsequently took to social media to spread the news, check in on loved ones, and offer their support — and the San Bernardino elementary school tributes and memes show the horror and sadness gripping so many in the wake of the tragedy.
UPDATE: An 8-year-old student was confirmed dead in the aftermath of the shooting at North Park Elementary School. Jonathan Martinez was pronounced dead after being airlifted to the hospital. According to San Bernardino County Police Department Chief Jarrod Burguan, two adults also died in what is believed to be a murder suicide. North Park Elementary School teacher Karen Elaine Smith was reportedly shot and killed by her husband, who then killed himself. Another student is in the hospital in stable condition.
EARLIER: According to San Bernardino County Police Department Chief Jarrod Burguan, who is tweeting updates from the @SBPDChief Twitter account, the situation may have been a murder-suicide; Burguan also noted, “Preliminary info is 4 victims, being treated. Suspect is possibly down as well." Reports vary as to whether those injured were both teachers and students, or students alone. Maria Garcia, a spokeswoman for San Bernardino City Unified, told the San Bernardino Sun, “One of them is a teacher, the other two are unknown, and their condition is unknown. We believe the situation is contained”; Burguan also tweeted that two students have been taken to the hospital. Additionally, students at Cal State University San Bernardino have been asked to shelter in place, reports KTLA.
One thing became immediately clear from the outpouring of activity on social media in response to the incident: It is long past time actions are taken to prevent such tragedies from occurring, particularly in light of how common they seem to have become.
Thoughts and prayers are not enough.
A Waking Nightmare
All Too Common
Past Time To Take Action
#SanBernardino - my heart is with you. How many more school shootings until congress does something? This was ANOTHER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!— Erica L Lafferty (@EricaSmegs) April 10, 2017
Schools Should Be Safe Spaces
The thoughts of all La Habrans are with the students, faculty, and staff of North Park Elementary in San Bernardino.— La Habra, CA (@LaHabraCA) April 10, 2017
A Call For Action
There needs to be more gun control in the US. How many elementary school shootings do we need for people to realize that?#SanBernardino— Paige Hall (@paige_halll) April 10, 2017
Support In A Time Of Need
In our prayers, victims of the #SanBernardino shooting & the poor children who witnessed it. May they have the support to heal from this.— Benedictine Sisters (@BenedictineSis) April 10, 2017
Tragic and Ridiculous
It Must End
As a parent, stories like what's happened today in #SanBernardino hurt my soul. I can't imagine the terror for those kids and their parents— A man needs a name (@iamKeithParsons) April 10, 2017
For Those Injured & Their Families
Put Actions To Your Words
All They Wanted
All they wanted was an education, something they have a right to, not a negative, dangerous and scary environment. #SanBernardino— katie (@ktwilsonxx) April 10, 2017
Trying to remember that not everyone sucks. #SanBernardino— Julia Valdez (@JGValdeezy) April 10, 2017