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.
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.
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.
Students across the country are speaking out and demanding action against gun violence following the mass shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead and at least 14 others injured. In a rally Saturday at the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas went off: "To every politician who is taking money from the NRA: Shame on you," said Emma Gonzalez, her speech backed by the crowd repeatedly chanting "We call BS!" "Every single person who is up here today should be at home grieving," Gonzales said, "but instead we are up here, standing together because if all our government and president can do is send thoughts and prayers, then it's time for victims to be the change that we need to see." "We call BS!" Student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School leads chant on lawmakers' responses to gun violence after school shooting. On Friday, about 100 students at South Broward High School, located a couple of miles from Marjory Stoneman Douglas, staged a walkout to pressure community leaders and politicians to take real action. And on social media, calls have been growing for a nationwide walkout by students to take place soon. Future voters at South Broward High School have left classes to protest for better gun control.