Marjory Stoneman Students’ First Day Back To Focus On ‘Emotional Readiness’

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students returned to school Wednesday, two weeks after the massacre that resulted in 17 students and faculty losing their lives.

Hundreds of policemen entered the Parkland, Fla., school and high-fived students as they returned, The Washington Post reported. Flowers and memorials adorned the school’s exterior, and students could pet and kiss support dogs and a cluster of ponies on school grounds.

“Looking forward to tomorrow Eagles!” Marjory Stoneman Principal Ty Thompson tweeted Tuesday night. “Remember, our focus is on emotional readiness and comfort not curriculum: so there is no need for backpacks. Come ready to start the healing process and #RECLAIMTHENEST.”

The students will only attend a half-day of classes for the Feb. 26 – 2 March week.

“I’m excited,” freshman Bruna Oliveira said after she witnessed her favorite teacher getting shot in the chest. “I want to see my friends and my teachers.”


Broward County Public Schools is petitioning Florida for funds to tear down cordoned off, massacre site Building 12.

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