Three years in the past, on Valentine’s Day, a mass capturing at their Florida high school linked them eternally. Now, a pandemic is holding them aside for the largest yr of their younger lives.
The seniors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland are ending out their schooling at house, remoted from the buddies they made huddled underneath desks as a gunman with an AR-15-style rifle roamed their school, The Related Press reported.
Once they lastly got here out of hiding, they discovered Nikolas Cruz had fatally shot 17 college students and workers, and wounded 17 extra. Cruz admits he was the gunman however refuses to plead responsible except prosecutors take the demise penalty off the desk.
A handful of scholars like David Hogg turned gun management activists, talking at rallies and giving TV interviews. However most have merely tried to get again to some sort of normalcy.
Abby Value moved away from Parkland, an prosperous Miami suburb, to get a recent begin. She and her household have referred to as North Carolina their house since her junior yr.
Abby misplaced her greatest pal, Alyssa Alhadeff, on that day, Feb. 14, 2018. They dreamed in regards to the future. They performed soccer collectively. They even shared a birthday.
“I struggled each morning to get up and go to the school the place I misplaced so many associates,” she advised the AP. “I struggled to discover a objective of simply doing easy duties in life with out my greatest pal by my facet.”
Value was nervous about making associates, however she did. Then, the coronavirus outbreak upended her new world.
“I began to lose myself once more,” Value mentioned.
Samara Barrack tried to make sense of how a few of her classmates coped with the capturing.
“I noticed those who had been like, ‘I simply have to get high’ or ‘I simply want to color,’” she mentioned. “Neither of these issues would assist me.”
Nonetheless, Barrack craves being nearer to those that shared these horrifying hours together with her.
“Even when I’m not greatest associates with these folks, it’s an expertise,” she mentioned.
This summer time, Barrack is headed the College of Central Florida. Others, too, are hoping school will deliver the high school experiences they by no means had.
However Aria Siccone has no plans to additional her schooling — at the very least not now. She’s certain she couldn’t cope with strolling throughout campus or residing in a dorm since she will be able to’t stand even going to the flicks.
“Folks say school expertise is the most effective time of their life, and I want I may do this. However on the similar time I do know I wouldn’t be capable to deal with it,” she advised AP.
The previous honors scholar worries she’ll get caught in a dead-end job with no bachelor’s diploma.
“It’s scary to consider as a result of going to school is the conventional path,” she mentioned, “and I simply wish to have the conventional path.”