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Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School reopens amidst emotional scenes
Florida's Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland reopened on Sunday afternoon after remaining closed since February 14, Valentine's Day, when an expelled former student of the school went on a shooting rampage killing 17 people, including three teachers, it is reported.

The students were so scared to return to school that heavy security arrangements had been made by the police on the school campus to assure safety of students in the school.

Also, presence of parents and community members from the neighbourhood was mobilised to make students settle down in the school.

The security personnel welcomed the students with greetings, flowers and welcome banners, however, the students got emotional when they returned to their classrooms to see the empty desks of those who were killed in the shooting.

The principals of the other schools and former staff of the school were also mobilized to insure that students could feel the social and emotional support of the teaching community.

Many students walked with their eyes downcast and were scared to look at the school building itself. The students in their classrooms, observed 17 seconds of silence, one second for each victim.

In the meanwhile, a wide ranging debate on school safety has suggested that the schools are needed to create positive psycho-social school environment supported by preventive measures against the school violence and well thought school based reforms with value-oriented interventions besides stricter gun laws.

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