Students are back at the scene of the Parkland high school massacre. It's the first time students have been in class at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School since a gunman killed 17 people on Valentine's Day. Classes are on a modified schedule today and should return to a full schedule by Monday. Support services are available to the returning students. Hundreds of police officers from around the state were expected to be on hand to greet students and make them feel safe.
The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School returned to class Wednesday, with some looking toward the future and others dreading the memories of the past that would haunt their hallways after a gunman burst onto campus and killed 17 people on Valentine's Day.
The students, some of whom already returned Sunday for a voluntary orientation, will be attending classes in a revised schedule for a half day. Classes will run for 24 minutes, with only the first period running for 30 minutes. Students will be dismissed by 11:40 a.m.
“It’s gonna be rough. We’re gonna need a lot of help, but we have a lot of help,” senior Milan Hamm told WSVN. “Our principal’s helped, and [Broward School Superintendent Robert] Runcie’s helped us, and just officials and people donating money and just giving back to us has helped us so much.”