Sheriff: Shooting of Florida high school student 'intentional'

National School Walkout renews calls for gun safety

One Injured, Shooter In Custody In 'Intentional' Shooting At Forest High School In Ocala

The officer did not fire his weapon and was able to engage the shooter, who was taken into custody, Woods described.

Forest High School had planned on participating in the national walkout and also scheduled a 30-minute discussion on gun violence, WKMG-TV reported, but school walkouts were cancelled district-wide for the county following the shooting.

During the first walkout which was held back in March, exactly one month after the Parkland shooting, Morgan Roof - the younger sister of Dylann Roof, who murdered nine people at a Charleston church in 2015 - was arrested after bringing weapons and guns to her high school in SC.

Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the local sheriff's office, the Ocala Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly responded to the scene.

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"The fact that it happened on this day, in a way, reinforces what we are trying to get across", said Ryan Servaites, a high school freshman in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and teachers were gunned down in February.

All students were being taken by bus to First Baptist Church of Ocala, where parents can pick them up, officials said.

At around 8:39 a.m., a school resource officer heard a "loud, bang sound". By 8:42 a.m., Woods said the deputy engaged the shooter and took him into custody. No one else was hurt.

In Washington, several hundred students from area high schools rallied outside the White House and then marched on Congress to demand action on gun control.

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Sometime before 9:00 a.m. on April 20, Florida saw another school shooting.

Marion County schools Superintendent Heidi Maier decided six weeks ago that any students who walked out would be punished.

Forest High, which was ranked as one of the best high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, has about 2,100 students.

"A civic resources guide has been available at www.marionschools.net for several weeks now, providing students resources and ideas for potential activities for this Friday". "I've offered any state support to Marion County they may need", Scott stated.

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