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Broward County (Florida) district will demolish the high school building where 17 were killed in 2018

Sept. 21, 2023
Demolition of the 1200 Building at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland is scheduled to take place in summer 2024.

The Broward County (Florida) district has announced plans to demolish the 1200 building of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where five years ago, a gunman killed 14 students and three staff members. reports that the school board issued a statement that said that the demolition of the building is scheduled to take place in summer 2024, immediately following the conclusion of the 2023/24 school year.

"Broward County Public Schools reached this decision in consultation with health and safety experts, and out of concern for the well-being of students and staff on campus," the statement said. "We understand the urgency of this matter, but it is essential to prioritize safety above all else."

In preparation for the demolition, crews will clean and clear the building, adhering to state and the Environmental Protection Agency’s landfill disposal regulations.

Last month, as part of lawsuits that have stemmed from the Valentine's Day 2018 shooting, the killer’s gunfire and movements were reenacted in the 1200 building, as were the movements of the lone school resource deputy on campus that day.

And earlier this year, survivors and family members of the Parkland school shooting were allowed inside the building to gather their loved one's belongings that were left behind that day.

"As we continue to heal, we remain steadfast in our commitment to supporting the Marjory Stoneman Douglas community and will provide updates as information becomes available," the school board's statement said. "We are thankful to the students, parents and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as well as the Parkland community for their patience and understanding."

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