Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Haunted: Students face fears on return to scene of Florida school shooting

Haunted: Students face fears on return to scene of Florida school shooting

The National Rifle Association "wants more people just like this, with that exact firearm, to scare more people and sell more guns", said David Hogg, a 17-year-old senior and shooting survivor at Stoneman Douglas who has become a leading voice in the student movement to restrict assault weapons.

"It's kind of finding a new norm", student Sam Zeif told ABC News on his way to school today.

We were not allowed inside for the walkout but administrators said the students rallied for 22 minutes, which represents the $22 million cut from the state's education budget. The women said they had felt helpless during the shooting and they were trying to be strong for their children. "So that was very upsetting".

There was still a noticeable police presence, with officers stationed at every corner of the high school.

A local police union asked all off-duty law enforcement officers to come as a show of support, ABC News reported. "The more videos that come out, the more the interviews come out, the more investigation that's done, we'll get a real clear picture about what happened".

The superintendent says students from Charles Page High School also chose to walk out after hearing about the rally at the ninth-grade school.

Pray with us for the families. Dozens of college and universities are telling students who may face discipline at their high schools for participating in gun control demonstrations to relax: It won't affect their chances of getting into their schools.

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"The administration and staff view the walkout on March 14 as a valuable learning opportunity where students can make a difference in our school, community and beyond", Bowen said.

Kayla Sharpe, a 16-year-old junior at Grand Blanc High School, went to the district's administration with hopes of students at the school joining in the walkout. "At this school or any other".

Across the country, students who are now accustomed to regular lock-down drills to prepare for the possibility of a mass shooting, have staged walk-outs calling for more gun control.

In Broward County, grand juries typically begin hearing high-profile cases within 21 days of the suspect's arrest.

Teenagers made a trip to Tallahassee, the Florida state capital, spoke with President Donald Trump at the White House, and organized a March on Washington for March 24 called "March for Our Lives".

Students who returned to school two weeks after 17 people were killed at their Florida school are leaving the campus after a half day.

At the school, parents hugged their children, some with tears in their eyes.

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In each classroom, colored pencils, coloring books, stress balls and toys were available to help students cope.

Melissa Broccoli and Christine Dunhill were shaking as they reunited Thursday at their usual pick-up spot outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School principal Ty Thomas said in a tweet that "our focus is on emotional readiness and comfort not curriculum: so there is no need for backpacks".

"I don't think it's going to be the same for these kids either", said Petty.

"I'm happy for the kids, they've got to get back on track, get back to school", Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was killed in the shooting, said to CNN. "But I'm not mentally ready yet".

"In the class of '99, I refer to as 'the lost class, ' because many of them went off to college, many of them went starting their careers, and they didn't have the support", DeAngelis said.

"The suspension didn't matter to me", Tessler said. They're proposing spending $400 million on additional mental health services to hire more school resource officers and to upgrade security at the schools.

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