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Demolition begins at Parkland, Florida, high school building where 17 were killed

June 17, 2024
The 1200 Building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Broward County district is being razed more than 6 years after the shooting attack.

The building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman killed 17 people in 2018 is being demolished.

CNN reports that the demolition of the 1200 Building began Friday with an excavator tearing into the top floor of the three-story facility. It is expected to take several weeks to complete, according to the Broward County district. It will be dismantled in pieces, starting from the top. 

Family members of the victims watched from nearby tents on school property. Some cried. 

“This building has been a symbol – a symbol of failure. I know many in the community are happy to see it go,” said Tony Montalto, whose 14-year-old daughter, Gina, was killed in the attack.

The district says it “is continuing to work with the families and school staff to determine future use of the site.”

Seventeen people--14 students and three faculty members--died in the shooting attack on Valentine’s Day in 2018. Seventeen others were wounded; the gunman was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“This is one more step in our healing process,” said Lori Alhadeff, whose 14-year-old daughter, Alyssa, was killed at the school.

Alhadeff, who now chairs the Broward County School Board, said she hoped the grounds would be turned into a “usable space” she called “MSD Legacy Field” that can serve as a “teachable area where we can remember and keep the legacy alive.”

About the Author

Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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