And one of the Parkland survivors is the granddaughter of a guy who, as a 12 year-old, survived what many writers refer to as the first random shooting mass murder spree in history -- as executed by Howard Unruh in Camden NJ in 1949.
It seems victimhood can be multi-generational.
Teen hid in closet during Florida school shooting nearly 70 years after her grandfather survived first U.S. mass shooting BY
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, February 15, 2018, 10:55 PM
Nearly 70 years after a young boy hid in a closet while his family was killed in the first mass shooting in American history, his granddaughter faced a similar threat and climbed into a closet while a gunman killed 17 people at her Florida high school.
Carly Novell, a senior at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., tweeted about the remarkable experience she shared with her grandfather on Thursday and wrote, “These events shouldn’t be repetitive. Something has to change.”
Novell’s grandfather Charles Cohen was just 12 years old when gunman Howard Unruh killed 13 people during a rampage in Camden, N.J., the teenager told HuffPo.
On Sept. 6, 1949, Cohen followed his mother’s instructions to hide in the closet, while Unruh — their 28-year-old next door neighbor — killed his parents and grandmother in what became known as the first mass shooting in the country.
When suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz returned to the school where he was expelled last year and unleashing a torrent of gunfire, Novell clambered into the closet of her school’s newspaper room.
She tried to comfort her fellow classmates, and shared the flood of relief she felt when police ushered them out of the building.
After the harrowing experience, the teenager thought of her grandfather, who passed away in 2009, and said they “share something really important.”
Her mother, Merri Novell, also told HuffPo about the lasting trauma her father experienced and said she was glad he didn’t witness Wednesday’s massacre because it “would have been too much for him to handle.”
“I am proud of Carly for carrying on my father’s message and speaking out against gun violence,” Merri Novell added. “None of this is new ... history keeps repeating itself.”
“When is society going to wake up and realize that guns kill people. There is no use for guns in a civilized society. We need new laws to protect our loved ones from all of this senseless grief,” she added.