Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida is due to resume classes on Wednesday after a gunman killed 17 people at the school two weeks ago. The killing which left students and teachers traumatised was one of the deadliest U.S. mass shootings ever.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the affluent Fort Lauderdale suburb of Parkland was scheduled to reopen its doors at 7:40 a.m. local time for a half-day schedule.
The building where most people died would remain closed indefinitely. State legislators are considering a bill that would pay to demolish Building 12, widely known as the freshman building, and replace it with a memorial to the victims of the Feb. 14 massacre.
Teenage survivors of the carnage have launched an extraordinary student-led campaign to lobby lawmakers on Capitol Hill and the statehouse in Tallahassee for new restrictions on firearms. But many express deep trepidation about returning to the scene of a shooting rampage that ranks as the second-deadliest act of gun violence at an American public school.
Former Stoneman Douglas student, Nikolas Cruz, 19, who authorities say was expelled last year for unspecified disciplinary problems and had numerous run-ins in the law, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.