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On Saturday, Trump tweeted, "Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!"The President's tweet caused considerable outrage online, including among apparent survivors of the shooting:"17 of my classmates are gone. That's 17 futures, 17 children, and 17 friends stolen. But you're right, it always has to be about you. How silly of me to forget. #neveragain""17 innocent people were brutally murdered at my school, a place where they should have felt safe. Their lives were gone in an instant. You are the President of the United States and you have the audacity to put this on Russia as an excuse. I guess I should expect that from you.""…my friends were brutally murdered and you have the nerve to make this about Russia. I can not believe this""Oh my god. 17 OF MY CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS ARE GONE AND YOU HAVE THE AUDACITY TO MAKE THIS ABOUT RUSSIA???!! HAVE A DAMN HEART. You can keep all of your fake and meaningless 'thoughts and prayers'."Several of the student's responses went viral, getting thousands of retweets. As of this writing, one of them had been retweeted more times than the President's original message.Many students who survived the Parkland shooting have been vocal about what they experienced, and about the action they want to see from those in power.Parkland students say, 'We are going to be the last mass shooting'Alex Wind, a survivor, told CNN's Fredricka Whitfield that he did not plan to attend a listening session Trump has scheduled on Wednesday with high school students and teachers, and that the President needed to reach out to the students."If Donald Trump wants to listen to us, he should have taken the first invitation," Wind said. "We are not going to come to him. He is going to need to come to us."Emma Gonzalez, speaking in the same interview, said she suspected his scheduled listening session could be a sign Trump does not want to face outraged victims of the shooting."The fact that he has organized this just proves that he's scared of us and that he doesn't want to have to face us," Gonzalez said.Trump on Friday visited a Florida hospital where many of the victims were treated, as well as the sheriff's office.David Hogg, one of the students, spoke on NBC's "Meet the Press" and issued an angry and passionate call for Trump to take action on the issue."You're the President," Hogg said. "You're supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us. How dare you? Children are dying, and their blood is on your hands because of that. Please take action. Stop going on vacation in Mar-a-Lago. Take action. Work with Congress. Your party controls both the House and Senate. Take action, get some bills passed, and for God's sake, let's save some lives."

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On Saturday, Trump tweeted, "Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!"The President's tweet caused considerable outrage online, including among apparent survivors of the shooting:"17 of my classmates are gone. That's 17 futures, 17 children, and 17 friends stolen. But you're right, it always has to be about you. How silly of me to forget. #neveragain""17 innocent people were brutally murdered at my school, a place where they should have felt safe. Their lives were gone in an instant. You are the President of the United States and you have the audacity to put this on Russia as an excuse. I guess I should expect that from you.""…my friends were brutally murdered and you have the nerve to make this about Russia. I can not believe this""Oh my god. 17 OF MY CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS ARE GONE AND YOU HAVE THE AUDACITY TO MAKE THIS ABOUT RUSSIA???!! HAVE A DAMN HEART. You can keep all of your fake and meaningless 'thoughts and prayers'."Several of the student's responses went viral, getting thousands of retweets. As of this writing, one of them had been retweeted more times than the President's original message.Many students who survived the Parkland shooting have been vocal about what they experienced, and about the action they want to see from those in power.Parkland students say, 'We are going to be the last mass shooting'Alex Wind, a survivor, told CNN's Fredricka Whitfield that he did not plan to attend a listening session Trump has scheduled on Wednesday with high school students and teachers, and that the President needed to reach out to the students."If Donald Trump wants to listen to us, he should have taken the first invitation," Wind said. "We are not going to come to him. He is going to need to come to us."Emma Gonzalez, speaking in the same interview, said she suspected his scheduled listening session could be a sign Trump does not want to face outraged victims of the shooting."The fact that he has organized this just proves that he's scared of us and that he doesn't want to have to face us," Gonzalez said.Trump on Friday visited a Florida hospital where many of the victims were treated, as well as the sheriff's office.David Hogg, one of the students, spoke on NBC's "Meet the Press" and issued an angry and passionate call for Trump to take action on the issue."You're the President," Hogg said. "You're supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us. How dare you? Children are dying, and their blood is on your hands because of that. Please take action. Stop going on vacation in Mar-a-Lago. Take action. Work with Congress. Your party controls both the House and Senate. Take action, get some bills passed, and for God's sake, let's save some lives."

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A former student accused of last week's mass shooting in Florida has appeared in court for the second time.

Nikolas Cruz, who has been charged with 17 counts of murder, was attending a "status hearing" in Fort Lauderdale.

The 19-year-old allegedly opened gunfire at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day.

Dressed in a red prison uniform and handcuffed, he kept his head bowed and stayed quiet during the hearing, which discussed how the documents would be sealed.

Judge Elizabeth Scherer said she was in favour of openness wherever possible. She maintained the decision made in another court to keep the defence motion documents sealed from public view.

Image:Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer listens to arguments in the Nikolas Cruz status hearing

It is understood Cruz has agreed to plead guilty if the death penalty is not pursued by prosecutors, but no decision has been made.

In America, status hearings are not part of the trial. The defendant must attend, and they sometimes will advise of the plea they wish to enter.

Cruz's family home was visited by police 39 times in seven years, according to documents seen by CNN last week.

His lawyer Melissa McNeill, told reporters on Thursday that he was "sad", "mournful" and "remorseful", adding that he was a "broken human being" who was aware of what was going on.

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The teenager has reportedly confessed to the shooting.