- Christina Ann edited & revised.
Last Wednesday, August 15th, 2018. The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas went back to school after summer vacation. It was 6 months and 1 day since the mass shooting occurred.
Some of the students returning spent the summer working as full-time activists and traveling across the country with “March for Our Lives” to fight for gun reform. One of the youngest members, 15-year-old Lauren Hogg, told ABC News’ “Start Here” podcast that she’s going back to school as a sophomore knowing “it’s never going to be normal again. I wish we didn’t have to experience this new normal,” she said. “I wish it was just like every other year — I’d pick out my clothes, I’d have a good time — but this year, I can’t help but constantly think about not only myself and my friends at my school, but constantly thinking about my friends at other schools who don’t have as many safety precautions as we now do, and I worry about them.”Earlier this month, Broward County Public Schools announced new security measures for its schools, including adding 2,500 cameras to a network of 10,000 upgraded surveillance cameras on school campuses, placing at least one school resource officer or an armed school safety officer on every school campus, holding more frequent lock-down drills, and expanding mental health services.