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Former Manchester school board member grateful his sons survived Fla. school shooting

New Hampshire Union Leader

February 15. 2018 9:10PM
People attend a candlelight vigil the day after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Thursday. (REUTERS/Jonathan Drake)

Doug Kruse is shown in a 2008 file photo. (UNION LEADER FILE)

A former Manchester school board member who moved to Florida nine years ago said his two sons survived the carnage in the Parkland, Fla., high school where 17 people lost their lives on Wednesday.

Doug Kruse posted a message on Facebook that detailed the actions of his two sons during the shooting spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“They were there today and are OK,” Kruse wrote Wednesday. “Thank goodness we were able to text them while it was going on, so we at least knew where they were and that they were safe.

“William’s class crowded into a closet, while Nick’s class huddled in a corner of their room. They of course are shaken up (Cathleen and me too), but they are doing OK,” he wrote

Kruse represented Ward 8 in south Manchester for five years on the Manchester school board, departing in 2009 to take a job in Florida. He was replaced by Tommy Katsiantonis, who eventually became alderman; Katsiantonis did not seek reelection last year following his arrest on tax evasion charges.

Kruse, a Republican, worked as development director at New England College in Henniker before moving to Florida.

He is active on social media and asked his followers to pray for the families of the victims and the city of Parkland.

“Parkland is a small, close-knit community, and a wonderful place to live,” he wrote. “This is devastating for our community and there are very difficult days ahead for Parkland. “

Many New Hampshire and Manchester residents involved in politics posted words of support for Kruse.

“Watched the evening news with dread,” wrote Keith Hirschmann, a Manchester alderman. “So glad to hear of your family’s safety and survival. So sorry your boys will be forever changed.”

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