The half-day for students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., was their first at school in two weeks - but what the day lacked in length, it balanced with heartbreak and hope.
Many are planning to demonstrate again in the future, although not necessarily during the school day, as they will receive unexcused absences for leaving class.
Students around the nation have been organizing protests in the wake of the deadly Parkland, Florida shooting, including hundreds of Missoula students. "This the 18th one this year". You guys are the adults.
"In the beginning, everyone was super serious, but then everyone cheered up and it started being the same vibes we had before the shooting", he said. Despite facing a horrific tragedy the students are proving to be resilient, and challenging lawmakers to impose restrictions on guns.
"This is a picture of education in fear in this country", said David Hogg, a 17-year-old senior and shooting survivor at Stoneman Douglas who has become a leading voice in the student movement to restrict assault weapons. The students were left disappointed as the ban did not pass, and Florida decided that pornography is a greater risk to the public rather than guns.
They have an inherent BS detector built into their brains and they're using it; especially Emma Gonzalez, after the murder of 17 students and staff at her high school February 14. In his court appearance, he has been charged with premeditated murder for each person killed. "In the days since the senseless loss of life at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I've met with members of the Parkland community, students and their families and announced a major plan of action to keep our students safe", Scott said in a statement. We are willing to assume they would advise us to lock our school doors, install cameras, and get those ID cards for everyone in the school system.
As for the confessed gunman, Nikolas Cruz, is behind bars.
A group of therapy dogs, which came from CT at the request of the Coral Springs police, greeted them. "We see the tragic consequences of those failures".
Around 100 students - both walkout organizers and those with general safety concerns - attended a monthly forum Thursday with Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra Jr. and high school administrators.
"We all share the responsibility to serve our students and to advocate for their safety and welfare while in an educational setting", the organization said in the letter. This matters to me more than anything else in my entire life. I knew I wanted to have my voice heard. I'm prepared to not worry about anything besides this... Nobody was going to care about what she cared about for her, and nobody was going to get it done; she was going to have to get it done herself.
The school resumed classes with a half-day schedule at it attempts to ease students back into the routine that they had before the violent shooting occurred.
"This would be obviously only for people who were very adept at handling a gun, and it would be, it's called concealed carry, where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them". "But they're going to have to divorce themselves from that".