Teachers and faculty returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Friday, the first time they were back at the school since the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 and wounded 15 others. Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said teachers returning to the school on Friday are doing their best to be strong.
Runcie told reporters outside the Parkland school that he did not want to see teachers in his district carrying guns in the future. He said he was “totally against arming teachers” because “they have a challenging job as it is.”
Authorities have said the armed school resource officer on campus did nothing to stop shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz.
Runcie said he did not know why the officer failed to act, but there was nothing prohibiting him from entering the building where the shooting began.
Runcie said students and teachers who do not want to ever return to the high school will be transferred to other schools in the county.
The teachers returned to banners lining the fences and hallways with messages of support, CBS Miami reports.
From schools to private businesses across the area, it seems that everyone wants to get their hands dirty to show that they stand with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
In addition to the signs, supplies are being collected for those who are unable to return to their classrooms and are being relocated to whatever space is available.
A sign made by the students at Pine Island Montessori school shows hundreds of hand prints made by the students under the hashtag #MSDStrong.
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SOURCE: CBS News, The Associated Press