“We all kind of knew (to stay quiet) because our school prepared us for this. But like, you can’t. I don’t know. We all just knew that making noise could only draw attention to our classroom, so we all were quiet.
“I eventually got (cellular) service, because I used my friend’s phone. I talked to my family. I was getting texts from people across the country that I know, telling me, asking if I was OK and that was when I realized that it was a lot worse than we all thought it was.
Sofie Whitney, senior at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. (Photo: Palm Beach Post)
“I started getting texts from people I haven’t spoken to in years that live in Pennsylvania and New York, saying, ‘Are you OK? I just heard about it on the news!’
"I just was, like, 'I need to stay calm,' because freaking out isn't going to help. But I, never in a million years, like, I was so confident that we were going to make it out alive. I don't know. Maybe it's because I felt safe because I was with all of my friends, or my teacher. But, I guess, being in drama, I don't know. I felt like I was in the safest place I could have been. Even though we were so close to the shooting, I don't know. I never had a doubt that we (weren't) going to die. People around me did. But, I just felt like we were going to be OK.
“I was with my best friend Dylan. I know there were 65 kids in there but I’m pretty sure it felt like we were the only two people in there, because I just… If she wasn’t it there, I don’t know what I would have done.
“We had a friend that was talking, because one of her family friends was, is a sheriff in Broward. So, he was giving us updates, saying that the SWAT team was coming, so that was, that’s all we heard until the SWAT team arrived.
“Most of my friends are in drama. And everyone in drama survived. But a lot of people, none of my close friends passed away, but a lot of people I know did.
“I’d never heard of (Nikolas Cruz) in my life. We have so many kids in our school, I only know like 100 or 200 people.
“A kid that’s 19 shouldn’t have a gun.”