The Return to School

Two weeks after seventeen people were murdered, the students from Parkland return to class. 

By: Morgan Zimmermann, Staff Writer

Two weeks ago on February 14 2018, seventeen people lost their lives to gun violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida. Over 3,000 students are braving the scene of the tragedy early on the morning of the 28th. 3,000 students are returning, and the school officials have decided to block off Building 12, which was the scene of the massacre. They have put a fence around the building and covered the fence in support posters until they can tear it done completely and build a memorial in its place. Classes are only going to be 24 minutes long and the rest of the week is going to consist of half days. Counselors are going to be available in each victim’s class if anybody needs them, and there is going to be additional grief counselors readily available around the school. Extra security measures have also been put into place. The school community has bonded together to help everyone heal and move past the horrific events they lived through. Principal Ty Thompson promised his students that, “I will hug each and everyone of you as many times as you need and I will hold you as long as you need me to.” Most students who were interviewed had a general consensus of being ready to be back at school, so they can begin their long process of healing.