In the aftermath of last week’s mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, there have been a slew of actions needed to be taken from medical care to criminal justice proceedings against the shooter, who I will not name.
One of the pressing questions for lawmakers for the future, though, has been what do with the building in which the massacre occurred.
We now know, according to the Miami Herald, the direction both Republican and Democrat lawmakers is clear: They want that building — Building 12 of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — wiped off the face of the earth.
Legislators reportedly said last week that they will provide resources to the Broward County School District to tear down the building and erect a new teaching area and a memorial to honor those who lost their lives.
“This building has to come down,” Florida Republican Sen. Bill Galvano told the Miami Herald on Friday after visiting the school.
“Everything was strewn across the halls from people running and dodging and there were significant blood splatters on the wall. Like someone took a milk jug and exploded it,” he said.
Democrat Sen. Lauren Book agreed.
“These kids are not going to go back into that building ever again,” she said.
Even coming back onto campus will be difficult enough for these students. Forcing them to return to the school building in which so much violence transpired just isn’t right.
“It will still be very difficult for students to return,” Galvano stated.
“But that particular building should be razed, and the memory of the perpetrator erased and a memorial honoring the victims and their families be put in its place.”
These legislators aren’t the only ones who feel this way.
Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie told the Miami Herald the same thing.
“Parents and students have told me very clearly they’re not going to go back into that building and I believe they’re right,” he said.
“In an ideal world there would be sufficient funding to do a replacement building at a different site on the campus and then erect a memorial on that location.”
The Miami Herald reports that a new building could cost between $25 million and $30 million.
Now, that’s a lot of money, time, and investment gone. But I don’t blame them one bit.
Imagine reliving that trauma every time a student who survived the shooting went in to class. I wouldn’t wish that on anybody.
Don’t let liberals fool you — those affected by this shooting really do need your thoughts and prayers as they deal with the Valentine’s Day atrocity. Be sure to include them in your prayers today.
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