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Life After Parkland

FOLLOWING RECENT SUICIDES OF SCHOOL-SHOOTING SURVIVORS, CURRENT STUDENTS OPEN UP ABOUT HEALING THEIR EMOTIONAL WOUNDS
Surviving—and Thriving After the mass shooting in their school on Feb. 14, 2018, these Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students—(left to right on April 9) Eden Hebron, Carlos Rodriguez, Darian Williams, Emily Burke, Dylan Kraemer and Kai Koerber—committed to living a full life and helping their peers do the same.

Whenever a fire alarm goes off at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, students react—some cry, some freeze, and others pray for it to be over. After all, it was a fire alarm that sounded during last period on Feb. 14, 2018, as a teenage former student who’d been expelled walked into the school with an AR-15, killing 14 students and three staff members. The young survivors of Parkland, Fla., who struggle just to face each day, are equally rattled by the bang of an emptied Dumpster or dropped books. “It’s like, why would you get out of bed,” says Emily Burke, 16, a sophomore soccer player, “to go to the school where everything happened that made you feel this way?”

More than a year after the Parkland massacre, 16-year-old sophomore Calvin Desir and 2018 graduate Sydney Aiello, 19, died by suicide in March, as did Jeremy Richman, whose 6-year-old daughter Avielle was among the 26 people murdered inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in

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