Students remember Parkland shooting one year later


One year ago, a shooting happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

Seventeen people were killed that day.

“Love my son. I haven’t heard his voice for 365 days.”

The families and survivors of last year’s shooting inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas are remembering the 17 lives taken exactly one year ago today.

“I walked down the path today **emotional** and it was just like reliving last year when we walked down the path.

The community coming together, marking the day with a moment of silence, paying their respects at a temporary temple erected for the day, and students performing service projects in the classmate’s honor.

But for many in Parkland, they’ve spent these past 365 days turning their pain into a rallying cry for change.

“I remember saying that night, this time they messed with the wrong community and the wrong dad.”

“I think our generation will be the generation to end gun violence.”

Since the massacre, 76 gun-control laws have been passed, some banning bump stocks and regulating ammunition size.

In Florida, a new law raised the minimum age to buy a firearm to 21.

And on Wednesday, in Washington DC, a house committee advanced a bill that would require background checks for all gun purchases and transfers, but it’s unlikely to pass the Senate.

“The impact of this horrific event has been monumental in its scope.”

The president released a statement Thursday, marking one year since the shooting, saying “Let us declare together, as Americans, that we will not rest until our schools are secure and our communities are safe.”

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(This story was originally published on February 14, 2019)

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