PARKLAND, Fl. (CBS News) – In the year since the Feb. 14, 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, activism has been the key to moving forward for many survivors, including Lauren Hogg and Ryan Deitsch. Deitsch, 18, and Hogg, 15, were in class the day of the shooting at the Parkland school that left 17 dead and 17 wounded.
“You can remember exactly what you were doing a year ago, you can remember exactly how it was, but every day this year, everything that we’ve been doing, every day has felt like a lifetime,” Deitsch, who graduated in May, told CBSN’s Anne-Marie Green.
For Hogg, that terrible day one year ago also seems like “just yesterday.”
“I think of the conversations I had with my friends on Feb. 14, and it’s crazy to think it’s been almost a year now,” Hogg, now a sophomore, told Green.
What made Parkland so different from other mass shootings was how quickly survivors turned their pain into action. Within days, Deitsch, Hogg, her brother David Hogg, and other Parkland students were demanding more than just “thoughts and prayers” from lawmakers and leaders. Within weeks, the young men and women had garnered the support of activists across the country who joined their gun reform and school safety platform with the March 2018 “March for Our Lives.” Nearly one million students walked out of their classrooms to demand change, sparking a national movement.
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