FILE PHOTO: The initials of Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College and a placard are positioned on the fence at Park Trails Elementary College, following a mass taking pictures in Parkland, Florida, U.S., April 9, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlin/File PhotographReuters
PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) – One yr after the Valentine’s Day bloodbath inside a Florida college, college students and households main a nationwide push for gun security will pause on Thursday for the anniversary of the deadliest U.S. highschool taking pictures.
Many college students had been anticipated to remain house from a shortened class day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College in Parkland, Florida, the place a former pupil with an assault gun killed 17 people on Feb. 14, 2018.
A second of silence and neighborhood service actions are deliberate in native faculties, and town of Parkland will host a night vigil at a park the place an analogous occasion the day after the taking pictures showcased offended grief and spurred requires motion.
Some activists who seized the highlight after the taking pictures to rally towards gun violence anticipated to look at the day in personal.
David Hogg has struggled together with his grief whereas rising as a distinguished pupil activist who co-founded the March for Our Lives motion.
“We can’t move on from this, when it’s something that never should have happened,” he instructed reporters this week, saying he deliberate to spend the day quietly with household. “You can’t move on from your sister constantly crying, every day, because she doesn’t have her four best friends anymore.”
For guardian Fred Guttenberg, the yr for the reason that taking pictures already has seen his first Father’s Day, birthday and different emotional milestones with out his 14-year-old daughter Jaime, who was killed in a faculty hallway.
He used a few of these days as a platform to advocate for gun security. However on the one-year mark of Jaime’s demise, he deliberate to retreat and spend time at her gravesite.
“Feb. 14, I am just not going to be present. I can’t,” he stated in a latest interview.
After his 14-year-old son, Alex, was shot useless in English class, Max Schachter left his work in insurance coverage to deal with college security. As the primary anniversary approached, together with his spouse and different kids nonetheless processing their loss, he famous there isn’t a blueprint for getting by means of difficult days of mourning.
“To me, it’s just another day that I don’t have my little boy. Every day is hard,” he stated. “It’s horrible. No one ever thinks that they’re going to send their kid off to school and then they not come home.”
(Extra reporting and writing by Letitia Stein; Enhancing by Colleen Jenkins and Tom Brown)
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