The scene of one of America’s deadliest school shootings is scheduled to reopen in coming days, according to a statement from the Parkland, Florida, school.
As Fox News reported, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School expects all classes to resume by Tuesday, nearly two weeks after a gunman opened fire, killing 17 students and faculty.
Staff members will be the first to return when they report back to work Friday morning. That day, however, will consist of support for teachers and faculty with an emphasis on meeting their emotional needs before students return next week.
Students and parents will be welcomed into the school Sunday for a voluntary orientation session with classes set to begin — at least on a limited basis — on Tuesday.
It remains unclear what will become of the building where the massacre took place.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, the structure will likely remain closed when classes resume elsewhere at the school. Authorities continue to occupy that building as they gather additional evidence.
Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said just days after the shooting, however, that many in the community want to see the building eradicated.
“We’ve received numerous requests from parents, students, community members and local elected officials that they would like the building demolished and some memorial resurrected on the site,” he said.
The Miami Herald quoted a state lawmaker who echoed that sentiment after visiting the school and witnessing the aftermath firsthand.
“This building has to come down,” said Republican state Sen. Bill Galvano. “Everything was strewn across the halls from people running and dodging and there were significant blood splatters on the wall.”
He described the amount of blood as though it appeared “someone took a milk jug and exploded it.”
[Featured image: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School/Associated Press]