On Wednesday night, a pair of brothers who attend Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School spoke to MSNBC’s Brian Williams about what they witnessed and what they knew about the suspect.
Freshman Aiden Minoff was wrapping up math class when he “heard a few pops” and shortly after a friend ran in warning about a shooter. His class then shut off the lights, locked the door, and “went into hiding.”
His older brother, senior Brandon Minoff, said he had two classes with the shooter his sophomore year and how he’d tell him how he got expelled from different private schools as well as his aspirations of joining the military and his passion for hunting.
“I just always thought that he was unusual and strange, always sat alone twiddling his thumbs, keeping to himself, laugh at himself,” Minoff elaborated, later adding he “wasn’t surprised” when he learned the identity of the shooter.
Williams then asked the elder Minoff brother how he would stop a tragedy like the one that took place at his high school if he were a lawmaker in a “decision-making position.”
“Gun-wise, I don’t think there’s any way to prevent it,” Minoff responded. “You outlaw guns, it just creates higher demand for it. I think it has to do with mental health, though. If he’s been expelled three different times from three different schools, I think he should be helped out.”
When asked by the 11th Hour host what it’s going to feel like to walk into that high school again. Aiden Minoff told him it will unfortunately feel like a “brand new” school.
“Everyone’s going to walk in knowing what happened and there’s no way of changing that. They’re trying to go back,” Aiden Minoff continued. “Really, it’s just going to be a grieving and really depressing time. But we should unify as a community and a society from this tragedy.”
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.