March 18, 2018

Therapy dogs and armed guards: Parkland students return to school

02 March 2018, 06:52 | Dan Bryan

There was heightened security on Wednesday as the teenagers returned to campus

There was heightened security on Wednesday as the teenagers returned to campus

Students at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, were greeted by heavy security and scores of well-wishers as they returned to classes.

Jonathan Abramchaev, 15, said it was "very emotional" to see his school again.

Broward County school Superintendent Robert Runcie tweeted: "I pray that today is the beginning of our long and hard journey from grief, sorrow and anger to a new consciousness of hope, compassion and love".

"My son walks in here without his sister", Fred Guttenberg said. Our friend lost a daughter.

The last of the victims, Martin Duque, a soccer-loving freshman, was laid to rest Sunday, the same day students returned to campus for a brief orientation. The women said they had felt helpless during the shooting and they were trying to be strong for their children. "It was just a gathering in a way". The day started with the pledge of allegiance, then a 17-second moment of silence and a recording of the school song.

They further argue that, because of this, they feel that Cruz may not be given a fair trial.

"I have a lot of feelings about that", she said of the class, adding she doesn't expect much teaching to happen at the school.

It also sparked a youth-led gun control movement featuring survivors of the attack in Parkland, Florida, who have already lobbied lawmakers in Florida's capital Tallahassee and Washington DC.

Lina Crisostomo's SATs are coming up soon, but college test preparation has taken a backseat to funerals, vigils and walkouts.

"I'm making him go", he said of Jesse.

Rather than arming teachers, she said she would rather see money spent to reinforce school buildings with bulletproof windows and doors, to free up guidance counselors from testing duties and to hire more trained and armed school resource officers to guard campuses.

"We will push for change and our children are going to be the change agents", said Jeannine Gittens, 44, who drove to the school to be there to meet her son Jevon, a 16-year-old junior, when he arrived on the bus.

Students were told leave their backpacks at home. The absence of the building forced administrators to shuffle classes around and clubs to move to new locations.

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But many said they were glad to be back.

It only takes one of us to bring horror to a school, and if we think it can't happen here, well.

"I will say we will not be condoning a walk outside, with the state of affairs locally as well as nationally", Janofa said. Another one, student leader Emma Gonzalez, tweeted: "How could they do that to us?."We are not forgetting this come midterm elections - the anger that I feel right now is indescribable".

"The end goal was to show how we are all connected and how we can count on each other", he said.

A Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student stops to look at one of the memorials following their return to school in Parkland, Florida on February 28, 2018. Its no surprise that one opinion poll released Wednesday shows Florida voters oppose arming teachers by 56 percent to 40 percent. She said she was not afraid to return, "just nervous".

"Just a normal person", the driver said.

"He's still baby like", said Dean Swade, who owns a comfort bird named Tango.

The night before, Garrity video-chatted with friends to ease their nerves.

The night before resuming school, Isabela Barry played her guitar to calm her nerves. Since the shooting, Barry has had trouble sleeping in the dark.

To get over her fears, she had "a virtual sleepover" with her friend Tuesday night.

"We got through it together", Paseltiner said. No amount of training will prepare teachers to grab their gun and respond to a mass shooting, and the potential for deadly unintended consequences is enormous.

Karcinell said the students who were killed will be on their minds.

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