It’s been one year since a gunman stormed into the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and took 17 lives. Today’s Sundial program focused on the memories of those lives lost, the activism it inspired, the actions taken by the government and how those affected continue to handle the anguish.
First, we heard from Marjory Stoneman Douglas students Leni Steinhardt, Nadia Murillo and journalism teacher and yearbook advisor Sarah Lerner. All three contributed stories to the new book “Parkland Speaks: Survivors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas Shooting Share Their Stories.” The book is a collection of poetry, prose, photographs and drawings from 43 students and faculty from the high school. Steinhardt, Murillo and Lerner talked to Sundial about their experiences on the day of the tragedy and their ongoing recovery and activism.
Next, we heard from Dr. Raul Poulsen, a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in trauma, depression and anxiety, about healthy ways students, teachers and parents can deal with trauma on the one year anniversary of the Parkland shooting.
Lastly, we talked to U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch, representing District 22, which includes Parkland. He's in Broward County today discussing the "Keep America Safe Act," a legislative proposal that would ban gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. He joined Sundial to talk about the act, gun control safety and how to prevent more school shootings.
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