Florida High School Shooting Survivors Had A Furry Welcome Back Party
Students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are back to their classrooms. It has been two weeks since the mass shooting. School doors were opened this Wednesday. A voluntary reorientation program was organized for students last Sunday.
The regular school schedule was adjusted to enable students to acclimatize. So, periods ran for half their normal time. Teachers allowed children to go home by 11:40 pm.
Therapy dogs to the rescue
Therapy dogs were brought to the school as part of efforts to help the children deal with the fallout of the mass shooting,
Today our therapy dogs welcomed the students back to school. They participated in classes all day, made lots of new friends and provided unconditional love and comfort. It’s an honor to be part of the comfort and healing process at MSD. #MSDStrong #ReclaimTheNest #TherapyDogs pic.twitter.com/iGOac9XXDU
— HumaneBrowardAAT (@AATHSBC) February 28, 2018
The Animal Assisted Therapy team from Florida showed up with the dogs. For the most part, students were encouraged to spend time with the lovable animals.
This morning a few of our therapy volunteers walked back into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School along side the faculty for the first time since last Wednesday. To say you could "feel" the heaviness and deep sorrow every single person there was experiencing was an understatement. We met with Principal Thompson who hugged us and couldn't thank us enough for bringing our therapy dogs out to the school. Every person we met with, talked to, hugged, cried with, laughed with showed such strength, courage and bravery. WE STAND WITH YOU. #EaglePride #MSDStrong #NeverAgain #EnoughIsEnough #ParklandStrong #DouglasStrong #DouglasHighSchool #ProtectOurChildren #EndGunViolence #bepositive #bepassionate #beproudtobeaneagle #therapydogs #comfortdogs #aat #humanebroward
Several students confessed that they felt better after seeing their fellow classmates.
— New York Post (@nypost) March 1, 2018
Lifted spirits all around
The furry companions were not just a part of the welcoming party. They were also allowed to be with students in their classrooms to help the overall mood of the students.
My first period class with our borrowed therapy dog, Woody. pic.twitter.com/NcRkd2E9CA
— Sarah Lerner, CJE (@mrs_lerner) February 28, 2018
In addition, the school principal extended her thanks to the Animal Assisted Therapy team for stepping in.
This was just one of many photos taken today! Thanks to the therapy dogs; they have been a major source of healing for my Eagles!???????? pic.twitter.com/s6pRKDEuAq
— Principal Thompson (@PrincipalMSD) February 28, 2018
Furthermore, Dr. Rosalind Osgoo, a member of the school board, confirmed that the dogs will not be leaving the school anytime soon. Most of all, the dogs are expected to help students and staff as they navigate the road to healing.
Pooch love for Las Vegas
Student Michael Caster was shot in Vegas. He had this to say about the LCC-K9 Comfort Dogs.
You kind of look to the dog for some clarity. Your mind's totally on what you need to do going forward and the tragic nature of this event. And they bring the dog there and they’re so innocent.