Stoneman Douglas Student Reflects On First Day Back Following Massacre


Stoneman Douglas Student Reflects On First Day Back Following Massacre

Swain County Sheriff Curtis Cochran said local and area law enforcement responded to the high school around 7:10 a.m. after a social media threat was sent to the principal's cell phone.

That's the fine line that our schools and universities need to walk amid the spate of recent student walkouts. After all, schools and universities are charged with keeping students safe.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott brought the father and brother of a 14-year-old girl killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to the House and Senate floor to help push his school safety and gun proposals over those lawmakers are considering.

Classes are now underway at Stoneman Douglas, two weeks since the deadly shooting on campus. And it's going to be very off seeing the teachers in there and the students sitting in there and not them. "This type of activity will not be tolerated in our schools", Holland said. "Both students had a parent present in the room when interviewed by law enforcement".

'I'm not scared, ' said Stoneman Douglas junior Sean Cummings. "We don't think it's a wise decision or in the best interests of our students to be walking outside at a certain time on a certain day". "We don't want it to be unsafe, but we also want to engage our students and take part in society".

At Stoneman Douglas, about 150 grief counselors were on campus "to provide a lot of love, a lot of understanding" and to help students "ease back" into their school routines, Runcie said.

She says the shooting, which left 17 dead, has given her a new objective: Advocating for tighter school security and gun control.

Ditto for the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, which issued its own reassuring tweet to high school demonstrators.

Post read messages he had received from other students in the county.

The Valentine's Day massacre that killed 17 at a Florida high school this month has ignited student-led campaigns against gun violence that have seen anguished teenagers lead rousing rallies, make impassioned appeals on network news shows and stage a "die-in" at the White House. The participating students who stayed on campus were not disciplined.

"I hope [students] can rise above this political system and statement", said Don Mook, Columbiana superintendent. Students returned to the Florida school Wednesday, and Robert Lang checked in with Ben to see how it went. 'Today we were just discussing and talking out our feelings'.

He added that the district will be honoring the students' constitutional right to assemble.

Freshman Nicholas Rodrigues, 15, said he chose to walk the mile from his home in neighboring Coral Springs rather than ride his bicycle as usual because "wanted to think about things". "Our young people should not be underestimated". "We had an attendance of 3,123 students". And they are doing something about it-with school walkouts and fearless speeches, even in the face of unspeakable trauma.

Terry Armstrong, Lordstown superintendent, said students wanted to do something to honor the lives lost in a respectful and safe manner.

While we appreciate the student's wish to express their concern, this walkout is not sanctioned by the district or school administration.

But the children of this country, in Parkland, Florida and beyond, have said: Enough; this is not the future we want to live in. We ask that students, staff and parents continue to talk with us during these stressful times. Because we do not understand, we trust You. She said she was not afraid to return, "just nervous".

"The one fear I do have is having to come to terms with the fact that there will always be that empty desk because our friends are no longer alive", she said.



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