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Continuing coverage of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting

Students, Staff Attend 'Day of Healing' to Meet First Responders



    Day of Healing Held for Stoneman Douglas Victims

    NBC 6 Reporter Arlene Borenstein is in Coral Springs, where a day of healing was held at a local park for students, families and first responders affected by the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School.

    (Published Sunday, March 4, 2018)

    What to Know

    • Students, faculty and staff attended a day of healing event on Sunday in Coral Springs.

    • Students and staff were able to meet the first responders who responded to the shooting on February 14th.

    • 75 volunteers with the city of Coral Springs organized the event.

    As students, teachers and parents of Marjory Stoneman Douglas continue their journey back to school, the community that supports them is on its own journey – a journey of healing.

    “They showed up so quick … it was amazing,” recalls Sean Coke of the most terrifying moments of his life.

    “I was in class when the whole event happened. Head down, being very silent, to avoid any detection from the school shooter,” Coke said.

    Coke and his mom Janice came to North Community Park in Parkland to meet some of the emergency crews who responded to the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School to say thank you.

    “We applaud them tremendously for what they have done,” said Coke’s mother.

    “It makes me feel amazing to see people aren’t just thinking of themselves, they’re helping others as soon as they can,” said Coke.

    About 75 volunteers with the City of Coral Springs organized the event called “Day of Healing.” There were tearful reunions and tough moments, but also moments of appreciation and therapy dogs to bring some joy.

    “They help the people feel better, put a smile on their face,” said one event attendee.

    Students will return to school tomorrow on an adjusted schedule, and are expected to return to a full school day schedule on Wednesday.

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