This upcoming Wednesday, February 28th, students will return to class at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, for the first time since the shooting which took 17 lives there on February 14th. To prepare for the occasion, the students and their parents attended an orientation on Sunday, February 25th. Though Parkland is still recovering from its experiences, the mood as classmates returned to campus was hopeful and loving.
Many of them posted photos of their return to Douglas High:
today was my first day back at school where i had to retrieve my belongings. first thing i did was grab my camera from my bag and check the photos from that day, february 14. i love you three. our lives have changed entirely, how i wish we could all just go back. pic.twitter.com/rvnT7QTCoR— rain #NeverAgain (@rain_valladares) February 25, 2018
It must take a lot of bravery to go back into that school, but the young men and women of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High are incredibly strong.
The world is sending support to the students, and urging the media to give them plenty of space.
To those Stoneman Douglas students returning to school today, I stand with you, and i’m sending my love. & also to the media, please don’t hang around the school. The students may be suffering acute stress disorder. #NeverAgain #StonemanDouglas #MSDstrong— nicholas liddle (@NLiddle16) February 26, 2018
We are asking all media to not fly helicopters over Stoneman Douglas HS campus when students return and school is in session, out of respect for the students, teachers and parents who are making this request. Thank you for your consideration at this sensitive time. #MSDStrong— Supt Runcie (@RobertwRuncie) February 25, 2018
After all the violence and hatred, it's good to know there is still so much love in the world.
As promised, @PrincipalMSD hugged each one of his students & their parents as @browardschools welcomed all #MSDStrong Eagles back to their nest! @RobertwRuncie @COS_Moquin @Ramirez0505 @AlanStraussbcps @CeeSaw1 #NeverAgain pic.twitter.com/NdIwW8CrKY— BCPS OSPA Chief (@BCPSChiefOSPA) February 26, 2018
Welcome back, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.