Demolition Starts at School Shooting Site

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( – The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School building, where one of the deadliest school shootings in history took place in 2018 started to get demolished. It will take a number of weeks for the three-story building to be demolished, with the process being further delayed by the weather. According to the schedule, the demolition will be completed before the students go back to the school in August. 

Previously the building had been preserved as it acted as evidence in the trial of the school shooter. 

Student Aisha Hashmi told The Associated Press that it was “eerie” passing past the building. The student who graduated this month had been in sixth grade during the shooting. Her older siblings had been on campus. As she said it was “heartbreaking” seeing the abandoned structure. 

The victims’ families had been invited to observe the Friday demolition; however, no media had been allowed to attend. 

Broward County School Board Chair Lori Alhadeff, whose daughter Alyssa had been one of the victims of the shooting, had stated that she wanted to see the building gone and that this was just another step that they could take toward healing. She added that her son still attended the school and every day had to walk past the building where his sister had lost her life. 

Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-Fla.), who represents Parkland, also released a statement on Friday pointing out that the 2018 tragedy had changed the community forever. He added that he had seen the building and the images were “truly haunting.”  However, with the demolition their community would no longer need to pass by this grief reminder every day.

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