A year ago on Thursday, 14 students and three staff members were killed when a gunman opened fire at the high school. More than a thousand people gathered at a South Florida park on the anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre to honor the 17 victims killed. Thursday evening's interfaith service at Parkland's Pine Trails Park opened with a video highlighting dozens of service projects launched in honor of the victims, including plantings at a beach to halt erosion, a campaign to help abandoned animals and the remodeling of a dance studio. Among those gathered was 13-year-old Sydney Mills, who used to dance with shooting victim Jamie Guttenberg. She said she had written notes to her friend and to some of the other victims at another park earlier in the day.
Students pose with their school t-shirts before packaging them up to ship to customers around the world. Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have shown themselves deft at using technology to get their message out, harnessing Twitter and Facebook to rally a national audience to their calls for stricter limits on gun use. Members of the Student Government Association at the Parkland, Fla. high school where a former classmate killed 17 fellow students and staff with an assault weapon on February 14 wanted to sell tee-shirts that emphasized a spirit of unity as students returned last week. So in one day, the group built an online store using the website creation platform, Weebly. The shirts, printed with #MSDstrong, sold for $20 a piece, funds the group hope will help rebuild morale at the school, perhaps with a memorial.
New footage from this year's deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, shows officials were "underprepared" and "overwhelmed", local media say. Surveillance footage from inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was revealed on Friday as part of a 10-month investigation by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The footage shows "58 minutes of chaos" on the campus, the Sun Sentinel says. Seventeen people died in the shooting in February, including 14 students. "A gunman with an AR-15 fired the bullets, but a series of blunders, bad policies, sketchy training and poor leadership helped him succeed," the Sun Sentinel says, after it reconstructed events using surveillance footage and official reports.