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Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Will walk through the corridors of their school on Wednesday, exactly two weeks after many of them were evacuated in single line, worried about their lives and worried about their friends.
Some students may not be ready yet.
Many students and parents had the opportunity to return to school on Sunday. They hugged and cried when they killed 19, 17 people for the first time after the death of a former student, Nikolas Cruz, when he shot an AR-15 in the first-person building on February 14th.
Junior Macie Chapman told NPR that she convinced her mother to go back, though Chapman thought it was too early. She does not know how the school will return to normal.
"I think we'll just sit in class and cry all together, and, like, just hug each other and know that everyone else in this class is okay," she said.
But newcomer Toby Bower said he's ready to go back, though he'll miss his friend, novice Alex Schachter
"Without him, things will be different," Bower said Sunday.
The community of South Florida has been causing a sensation in the past two weeks. The national news has kept up to date with ongoing investigations, vigils and funerals, but it has also been filled with voices from Stoneman Douglas students who favor increased gun control.
But inevitably, the school needs to get back in session, and Stoneman Douglas's students and staff have to face the place that has changed everything for them. According to Robert Runcie, Superintendent of the Broward County Public Schools, the plan is to begin a "gradual reopening" to facilitate the transition for students, faculty and community members, and finally "return to a level of normalcy". Last Friday, Runcie announced that the school would be phased out in the first week before noon. He also asks the media, the privacy of the community Tweeting earlier this week she asks, "Helicopters over Stoneman Douglas HS campus not fly when students come back and school is in session, out of respect for the students, teachers and parents …"
This is a time for "going through the healing process," he said at the press conference.
And it's going to be a process because students like Ethan Trieu, a 17-year-old senior, still said not know how to handle everything. And he has also seen changes in many of his friends.
"They just are not the same, you realize they're not the same by the way they talk," he told NPR on Tuesday […]
Trent Lovett, the Superintendent of Marshall County School district in Kentucky, where on January 23, two students were shot dead in a school that shot at Marshall County High School said his community was still trying to heal.
There will be events over time that bring back memories, "he said.
A pistol that signaled the start of a race at a recent track meeting triggered reactions for some students, and he said that in the days following filming in Parkland, there was a wave of students visiting school counselors.
Lovett said that there is no real formula for dealing with the days after a school shoot-out, but the administrators just have to think about what to do For example, Lovett said in the case of filming in Marshall County that students were back in school two days after the event because "we wanted students to see that the school part, the building part, was back to normal , Lovett said people were asking if the kids would go back to school too early, but he said it was the right thing to do in the end and he found that shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas was another case In Parkland, Runcie announced that maintenance workers had been working on restoring the building, such as washing and painting, but that could not be enough for these students, and he does not want it for the freshman Bower make sure that the building is back to normal.
"I hope they will take the building because I do not want to resign," he said.
In fact, the school authorities of Broward County say that the building, in
Lovett said he continues to appreciate all the support they have received from the state and the nation.
And, said he, "we are very proud of our students."