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MSD demolition continues, six years after Parkland school shooting – NBC 6 South Florida

MSD demolition continues, six years after Parkland school shooting – NBC 6 South Florida

A long-awaited demolition project continued Monday on the building where 17 people were killed in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Chopper 6 flew over what was once the school’s 1200 building Monday morning, where cameras captured far more debris than when demolition began Friday.

The demolition process is expected to take three weeks.

The building had been preserved to serve as evidence during the gunman’s 2022 criminal trial. Jurors toured the bullet-riddled and blood-stained halls but spared him a death sentence. He is serving a life sentence without parole.

The victims’ families were invited to witness the first blows and cut off a piece themselves when the demolition started on Friday.

Family members of several victims stood about 100 yards away in the school parking lot, holding cellphones to take photos and videos of the event.

Officials plan to complete the weeks-long project before the school’s 3,300 students return from summer vacation in August. Most were in elementary school when the shooting occurred.

Many, including the victims’ families and former students, want the site to become a memorial. Ultimately, the school, families and Parkland community will make a joint decision.

β€œI would like to see it go away,” said former student Dylan Persaud. β€œIt puts a full stop at the end of the story. They should put a nice memorial there for the 17.”