By Sharon Aron Baron
In a move related to an ongoing civil case, a judge authorized a reenactment of the tragic event at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018.
The court-ordered reenactment is set for Friday, August 4, 2023, and has sparked a mix of emotions within the community.
The reenactment will be held on the school’s campus, specifically in the 1200 building, the main site of the 2018 tragedy. Broward County Public Schools clarified that they are not involved in organizing or controlling this event.
To maintain privacy and respect for the affected community, no media personnel will be granted access to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High campus during the reenactment. This decision underscores the sensitive nature of the event, aiming to prevent additional distress caused by media presence.
In a further step to minimize disruption, both Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and neighboring Westglades Middle School will be closed for the day. This includes all students, staff, and visitors.
According to the City of Parkland, at 2:00 a.m. on August 4, Holmberg Road will be closed from Heron Bay Boulevard to Northwest 103rd Avenue, and Pine Island Road will close from Northwest 66th Drive to the south of the Sawgrass Expressway overpass. Road closures could continue through the evening hours.
Note that the simulation will include the sounds of gunfire that will begin as early as 10 a.m. and will be heard as far as a mile or more from MSD. Residents may want to plan to avoid the area during this time.
Recognizing the potential emotional toll on the community, district, and school leadership are proactively communicating with families. All schools within the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High zone have been informed well before the reenactment. The objective is to give families ample time to make arrangements that best suit their needs on that day.
Support mechanisms are being put in place for those affected. The district has highlighted that mental health resources are available on their website, browardschools.com/mentalhealthservices, for anyone in need.
Moreover, the Eagles’ Haven Wellness Center is set to extend its operations from August 4 to August 6. This aims to provide a sanctuary for those requiring emotional support. In addition to counseling services, the center offers free wellness classes to help community members.
- Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.
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