Tuesday, 16 Aug 2022

Parkland school shooting jury visits untouched, bloodstained classrooms

Parkland school shooting jury visits untouched, bloodstained classrooms


Parkland school shooting jury visits untouched, bloodstained classrooms

After they left, a group of journalists was allowed in for a much quicker first public view. The sight was deeply unsettling.

In classroom after classroom, open notebooks displayed uncompleted lessons. A blood-coated book called Tell Them We Remember sat atop a bullet-riddled desk in the classroom where a teacher, Ivy Schamis, taught students about the Holocaust.

In the classroom of the English teacher Dara Hass, where the most students were gunned down, there were essays about Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for going to school, and who has since become a global advocate for education access for women and girls.

Before the tour, the jurors had already seen surveillance video of the shooting and photographs of its aftermath.

The building has been sealed and the Broward county school district plans to demolish it whenever prosecutors approve. For now, it is a court exhibit.

Cruz, now 23, pleaded guilty in October to 17 counts of first-degree murder.

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