Parkland FL Staff and Students Debut Film One Year Later (WATCH)
It has been one year since a gunman opened fired on staff and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and injuring another 17. It was and still is the deadliest shooting at a high school in United States history, surpassing the Columbine High School massacre that took occurred almost 20 years earlier in 1999.
The senseless shooting was added to the list of horrific attacks the county has seen in the last few decades, sparking passionate debates on mental health and gun control that saturated social media, workplace chatter and conversations at the dinner table. The tragedy cloaked the daily news for what seemed like weeks on end, but then, slowly, it faded from the headlines and faded from our minds.
While you are or I have probably gone days, weeks or maybe even months since we thought about that horrific day, the Stoneman Douglas Community has not. It's something they continue to live with day in and day out, trying to seek some kind of normalcy after such devastation. They are forced to return to their vital jobs as educators and as students, yet their everyday routine is constant reminder of that day.
This video to me just serves as a reminder, a reminder that the people we see on the news, they are real people who continue deal with the aftermath of these tragedies long after they fade from the headlines and from our minds. Maybe today just a take a minute to remember those who were lost, of course, but also those who survived and are still struggling everyday.