"Parents and students have resoundingly told me they can't go back into that building regardless of what we do.
"Just looking at that building and talking about it now, I have goosebumps out to my head. I don't know how teachers, students could get back in that building. I don't even know how we're going to open the whole campus, period."
Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie told Sun Sentinel.
Seeing my high school plastered all over the news has been a surreal experience. Stoneman Douglas is located in the safest city in Florida and because of one cruel, hatred-filled and incredibly evil individual, that reputation has been tarnished. How is it become the norm that my high school, undergraduate, and graduate universities have all experienced a school shooting?! This is unacceptable but knowing the tight-knit, forward thinking and compassionate community Parkland is and will always be, I truly hope change will start right in our backyards. Moving forward, let’s honor those who 17 students, teachers, and faculty who tragically lost their lives by focusing on what MSD truly represents- community, pulling together, and kindness. #msdstrong #donothidethateaglepride #eaglepride #guncontrol
Last night on my 3 mile hike back to my car after the vigil, I somehow ended up bypassing security and by complete accident happened directly upon the front of the high school. It’s been on complete lockdown since the shooting on Wednesday afternoon. I stood and kind of gave my own minute of silence. And then looked up and saw this flashing. #marjorystonemandouglas #parkland #coralsprings #ftl #florida #mia #news #breakingnews #photojournalism #photojournalist #soflo #sofla #fla
We learned that it's common for school districts to tear down buildings that were the sites of deadly shootings:
Sandy Hook Elementary School, for instance, was demolished and rebuilt at a different site after a shooter in 2012 gunned down 20 young children and 6 staffers.
Columbine High School, the site of the 1999 attack that killed 12 students and a teacher, underwent $1.2 million in repairs and renovations. The high school demolished the library where many of the victims were killed and replaced it with an atrium.