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‘We’re still here.’ Parkland students share their emotional struggle to overcome tragedy

A Feb. 17 rally for gun control, held in Fort Lauderdale three days after the Parkland shooting, drew a crowd of thousands. Suzanna Barna

For the roughly 3,000 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the last month has been filled with heaviness and heartache, as well as a strong sense of solidarity and strength. Since 17 of their peers and faculty were murdered on Valentine’s Day, the students have struggled with how to move on from the trauma while also mourning their friends and fighting to end to gun violence—all while juggling the homework, tests and everyday anxieties that come with being a regular high school student.

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