Parents, students and staff returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for the first time since the mass shooting that claimed 17 lives, for an orientation covering details of returning to class this Wednesday.
The media was asked not to fly helicopters over the campus, as many survivors of the Valentine's Day massacre have acute stress disorder and find the sound similar to that of bullets.
We are asking all media to not fly helicopters over Stoneman Douglas HS campus when students return and school is in session, out of respect for the students, teachers and parents who are making this request. Thank you for your consideration at this sensitive time. #MSDStrong— Supt Runcie (@RobertwRuncie) February 25, 2018
Going back to school for the first time...this movement is for the 17 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/mmb5obPaKh— Jaclyn Corin (@JaclynCorin) February 25, 2018
Please, so many of us are suffering from PTSD (it's only made things worse for those who live close to school). The only thing that should be over head are the souls of our dearly departed Eagles ♥️ 🦅 ♥️ https://t.co/za2pTdguq9— Emma González (@Emma4Change) February 25, 2018
However, the return to MSD was met with lots of optimism.
Teachers and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas reporting back to campus now for first official work day since Valentines Day shooting. They’re being greeted by this beautiful rainbow and signs of support @WPLGLocal10 pic.twitter.com/1gG0cYIU1D— Erica Rakow (@EricaRakow) February 26, 2018
hi. i missed you. pic.twitter.com/C2QkhgvyCD— nikki (@nikta04) February 25, 2018
Principal Ty Thompson even made good on his promise to hug each of his students, with some of the emotional embraces caught on camera.
As promised, @PrincipalMSD hugged each one of his students & their parents as @browardschools welcomed all #MSDStrong Eagles back to their nest! @RobertwRuncie @COS_Moquin @Ramirez0505 @AlanStraussbcps @CeeSaw1 #NeverAgain pic.twitter.com/NdIwW8CrKY— BCPS OSPA Chief (@BCPSChiefOSPA) February 26, 2018
Here's more from Sunday's orientation:
today was my first day back at school where i had to retrieve my belongings. first thing i did was grab my camera from my bag and check the photos from that day, february 14. i love you three. our lives have changed entirely, how i wish we could all just go back. pic.twitter.com/rvnT7QTCoR— rain #NeverAgain (@rain_valladares) February 25, 2018
Carrying flowers, dressed as angels, and wearing burgundy Eagles shirts, hundreds of Parkland students and parents returned to school on Sunday for the first time since the deadly shooting https://t.co/GdNKoYXuPM pic.twitter.com/pNCqTwSN6B— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) February 26, 2018
Thousands of students and parents poured into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for the first time since the mass shooting. Mostly, they hugged. https://t.co/aifdUPAaZ7— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 26, 2018