As Parkland students move forward and return to school, the memories of 2/14 still haunt them.
“I was in my finance class and we heard the fire alarm ring. When I opened the door, I noticed for the first time ever that administration for my school was running and screaming. It was complete chaos, complete opposite from what they ever told us to do in a drill.” Stoneman Douglas student Emily Wolfman stated. “And then the alarm stopped, and a teacher started ushering us into the closest classroom. I was put in a closet, and I sat there for about an hour and a half. And I wasn’t really sure if it was a drill or a real Code Red until SWAT team knocked on the door and escorted us across the street to safety.”
“One of [the victims] was on my soccer team last year. And another one was really close with one of my close friends. And she actually was in the classroom the time she died.” Noa Golan, another student, explained. “We’re here to hopefully make a change for the future, because we don’t want it to just be another statistic.”
In Tallahassee, students demanded gun reform, and shared their stories with lawmakers. Having been galvanized from the incident they are aggressively advocating for change so more students don’t have to go through what they did.