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Two Weeks After Florida Mass Shooting: A Rainbow Ushers The Students And Staff Of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

March 2, 2018 11:17

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students return to classes as their fight to strengthen gun control laws continues.

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The day that would not be quickly forgotten

On the day people usually celebrate love, February 14, 2018, a mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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Seventeen people were killed, and fourteen more were taken to hospitals, making it one of the world's deadliest school massacres. The suspected perpetrator, 19-year-old Nikolas Jacob Cruz, was identified by witnesses and arrested shortly afterward.

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He confessed and was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. It brought the world to its knees, and the gun control debate was resumed.

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Teachers and staff returned to the campus with a rainbow

Along with the rainbow in the sky, students and teachers hugged and cried as they returned under heavy police guard to the school for the first time since that fateful day.

The half-day began with the fourth period so that nearly 3,300 students could first be with the people they were with during the shooting two weeks ago. Students wearing commemorative T-shirts snaked their way through crowds of well-wishers, who passed out carnations and held up signs of support.

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Hundreds of police officers lined entrances to the school, some giving high-fives to students as they passed. There were support dogs and even ponies painted with "MSD Strong" offering free pony kisses.

In remembrance of the 17 souls lost

The students were greeted by seventeen people dressed in white costumes as angels standing beside a makeshift memorial outside the school.

The organizer Terry Decarlo said the costumes are sent to every mass shooting and disaster, so the survivors “know angels are looking over them and protecting them.” How thoughtful.

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The resilience of the staff and students of MSD high school would not be forgotten. We are keeping them in our prayers as they deal with the loss of their loved ones.

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