Katelynn Medley ‘20: February 14. Valentine’s Day. A day often associated with hearts, flowers, and candy. A day that will now be forever associated with mourning. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and staff left their house early Wednesday morning to head to school, 17 of them unfortunately not coming back. The ones who came back, now face immense grief from the aftermath.
In the small community of Parkland, Florida a school shooting occurred in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nineteen year old, Nicholas Cruz, fired several rounds using an AR15, killing 17 people and severely wounding 14. Students gone. Coaches gone. Staff gone.The feeling of safeness in school completely diminished. This devastating event continues to go unforgotten, not just now, but for years to come.
Students across the nation now go to school in fear because of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. To ensure one’s safety in school, students demand changes of security happen. With movements happening everywhere, individuals strive for this to be the last school shooting to occur.
Romeo High School continues heightening safety precautions in the school and to make sure students and staff work and learn in a safe, comfortable environment. Romeo High’s principal, Bernie Osebold, discusses the new changes. According to the letter/email sent out to the community from the district, through the 2016 bond, we have plans to include secure entrances in all of our buildings. We are currently reviewing ways to accelerate the installation of the security system at our high school and RETC. Until the time when those systems can be installed, the front doors of those buildings will be locked during school hours, with visitors admitted by an attendant.
“In the meantime, all doors are locked and we have stations at the front door set up and that is monitored as well and visitors and students are escorted into the school and the back doors are checked frequently,” Osebold said. “Romeo hall monitors and custodians monitor all the doors throughout the school. We took this as an opportunity to remind the staff of our policies.”
Students coming to school feeling anxious need to know that RHS staff continues doing everything in their power to prevent harm to students.
“Students need to do their part,” Osebold continued. “That they go through the entrances they are supposed to, that the doors are latched, they aren’t letting people in, it’s important that we all work together to better our safety and processes. Schools are safe places. Terrible things happen in the world and unfortunately you can’t prevent everything, but we are doing everything we can to do so.”
Students voices will not go unheard. If students feel threatened or unsafe, they should not be afraid to speak up.
“Be on the lookout,” Osebold said. “Know your surroundings. If you see something concerning, report it.”
Students, please keep students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and their families in your thoughts during this time of grief. Join the movement to end violence in schools.