One Year Anniversary of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s Fallen Angels


Outside MSD, lies a garden commemorating the non-stop love and support they display during this tragic time. (Kira Berzack/The RamPage)

Kira Berzack

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting occurred on Feb. 14, 2018. Recently, I had a meaningful experience that allowed me to visit the school where this horrific attack took place. As soon as I stepped foot on the grounds, which carry fear and pain, I felt my heart ache and tremble. It tightened and I paused, looking at the freshmen building, horrified.

Until the shooters trial is complete, the freshman building [where the shooting took place] must remain intact, secured as a live crime scene. As soon as the trial is over, the building will be knocked down. Seeing the freshman building boarded up impacted me mentally. Thinking of the seventeen lives that were taken saddened me.

Seventeen angels. Gone. Forever. We have the memory of them and that is what we must honor. The teachers and students who risked their lives for one another performed true acts of bravery. Many communities are still sending love and support from around the world to the grieving families of Parkland.

The principal of MSD, Ty Thompson, offered admirable support to the school community and said, “I promise you. I will hug each and every one of you as many times as you need and I will hold you as long as you need me to for all 3,300 of you and your families and we will get through this together. Our community is strong. Our students are strong. We will persevere in these trying times.”

The one year anniversary of this tragic shooting took place in February. It is easy to get involved and offer support to the ones who need it the most. The Weber School has taken action into their hands and encouraged students to sign letters that would be sent to each family who has been hurt during this saddening time.

We, as a community, can see the importance of supporting one another. When the Tree of Life shooting occurred, we [The Weber School] received letters of support from The Marist School. Having support from another school was something truly beautiful, and showed us we were and are not alone.

This week, two students who were present in the school shooting, Sydney Aiello, and a currently unnamed sophomore, committed suicide. This highlights the importance of compassion and support for the survivors of these dramatic events.