Four Florida school shooting victims remembered at their graduation ceremony

Lowenna Waters
Monday 04 June 2018 11:15
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Four students that were killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting were remembered yesterday at their high school graduation ceremony.

The school's senior class held graduation ceremony for the 784 members of the Class of 18, but it focused on remembering those that lost their lives in the Valentine's Day attack.

On February 14, gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire at the Parkland, Florida school, killing 17 students and seriously wounding 17 others. Of those killed, four were in the senior class.

Joaquin Oliver, Nicholas Dworet, Carmen Schentrup and Meadow Pollack were awarded posthumous degrees by the school, with parents, family members or friends collecting them on the students' behalf.

In a tweet before the graduation, the school's principle urged students to remember those that lost their lives, but also celebrated the graduates' achievements.

Some students graduating made it clear that they wanted their classmates to be remembered.

Others wore personalised caps to highlight both the money spent on the NRA by the Florida governor Marco Rubio, and the friends that they have lost.

Comedian Jimmy Fallon also talked at the graduation ceremony. According to one Stoneman Douglas teacher Mr Levine, Fallon “was great comic relief mixed with a serious, hopeful message”.

Get ready, world, because Marjory Stoneman's graduating class of 2018 is a force to be reckoned with.

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