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‘Oh, my God’: Resurfaced TikTok video shows customers shocked by FAKE 'school shooting' sympathy cards

Some of the messages on the cards read, 'I’m sorry your kid was gunned down' and 'Condolences on the shooting of your teacher'
UPDATED JUL 26, 2022
A viral clip shows terrified customers in a state of shock at the horrifying exhibition of sympathy cards on school shooting (@ChangeTheRef/Twitter)
A viral clip shows terrified customers in a state of shock at the horrifying exhibition of sympathy cards on school shooting (@ChangeTheRef/Twitter)

A shocking TikTok video showing the horrifying concept of sympathy cards for school shootings has terrified people, both online and in-store. The video — which was originally uploaded in 2018 — was recently shared again by the mass shooting awareness organization, 'Change the Ref'. The video shows hidden camera footage of horrified people walking past the card section in an unidentified story, with many in seeming disbelief over the shocking display.

In the now-viral video clip, one woman can be heard saying, "Wow," while another added, "Oh, my God." A woman who was shown looking at the cards at the start of the footage is seen bringing a friend back to the display, where they both exhibit shocked expressions upon seeing the card area. The video then shows the whole section, which includes other card categories — graduation, congratulations, friendship and thank you with ‘school shooting’ among them.


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Words like "gunned", "I'm sorry", "weapons", and "sympathy" are scribbled on the black-and-white cards. The various messages on the cards read, “I’m sorry that your kid was gunned down”, “Condolences on the shooting of your teacher”, and “Sorry for your terrifying loss”. The video ends with a simple message, “Mass Sympathy Cards coming soon ... If we do nothing.” Since it was posted, the video has been viewed more than 46,000 times, and thousands of viewers have commented on it, sharing their opinions on gun control and the advertisement's intent. One person wrote in the comment section, “I’m a teacher… and the emotional response I got from this video… I shouldn’t be scared for my students and myself.”


Meanwhile, according to their website, Change a Ref is a group that “uses urban art and nonviolent creative confrontation to expose the disastrous effects of the mass shooting pandemic.” The organization is led by Manuel and Patricia Oliver who lost their son Joaquin, one of the 17 victims, in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida in February 2018. More Americans died of gun-related injuries in 2020 than in any other year on record, according to recently published statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2020, the most recent year for which complete data is available, 45,222 people died from gun-related injuries in the US, according to the CDC. That included a record number of gun murders, as well as a near-record number of gun suicides. The gun death rate in the US is also much higher than in most other nations, particularly developed nations. 

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