Parkland students endure emotional and physical wounds a month after massacre

first_imgABC News(PARKLAND, Fla.) — Some students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School say their emotional and physical wounds remain raw a month after a shooting spree left 17 dead on their campus.  “I can’t believe it’s been one month. It just … it seems like it was just yesterday,” 14-year-old freshman Brooke Harrison told ABC News’ “Nightline” in an interview to be aired tonight.She said the horror of witnessing three classmates — including close friend Alaina Petty, 14 — getting gunned down in front of her remains at the forefront of her mind and that just the rattle of a doorknob can prompt flashbacks of the gunman’s firing into her classroom.  She said she and her classmates were in the classroom the gunman targeted.“We were the warning shot for everyone else. But we didn’t get a warning shot,” Brooke said.Brooke said she and her classmates share an experience that once seemed unfathomable in Parkland, Florida, one that even adults in their 80s haven’t endured.“We’re 14 through 18 and we’re experiencing it. It’s just … it’s unimaginable that we’re so young; we’ve gone through this traumatic experience,” she said. “So, I think any response, anyway anyone wants to handle it, is perfectly normal and they should be taking everything at their own pace.”Brooke and her Stoneman Douglas classmates walked out of class at 10 a.m. today and congregated on the school football field for 17 minutes of silence to remember those killed in the Feb. 14 massacre. They were not alone, as thousands of students across the nation and the world plan to join them in similar events at their schools.  “As a Douglas student, I feel like if people from different countries, different continents are showing their support, that it would just be wrong if people from Douglas didn’t,” Brooke said.Parents also flocked to the Parkland school, many yelling, “We’re with you” and chanting “MSD” as the students walked onto the football field, some wearing Marjory Stoneman Douglas T-shirts.“I’m walking out for Alaina,” Brooke said. “I’m walking out so that no one has to see their friend die in front of them. I’m walking out so that no one has to see what I saw.”Gloria DeJesus, whose son, Francisco, attends the school, said she was compelled to be on hand for the walkout to support the students.“It’s been very emotional for all of us and it’s part of our healing,” she told ABC News.Stoneman Douglas student Colton Haab said it was inspiring to see so many of his classmates and students around the globe participating in the walkout.“I believe that almost every single student who attends my school is out on the football field right now,” Colton told ABC News. “I hope that we can definitely make schools safer, that we can make gun laws more strict. I just hope we can make a difference and, hopefully, this will be our last school shooting.”Following the moment of silence, many of the Parkland students left the football field and walked to a nearby park to continuing honoring those killed and to show each other support.  While the classroom walkout was only scheduled to last 17 minutes, students in Parkland at more than 3,000 events across the country continued the demonstration long after.In the 28 days since former Stoneman Douglas student Nikolas Cruz allegedly went on a rampage with an AR-15 assault rifle, the world has changed for the students and nation. The students led the charge to get lawmakers to put new restrictions on guns and convinced President Donald Trump to explore a similar course of action.Prosecutors Tuesday said they will seek the death penalty against Cruz, 19.But even the ultimate punishment for the suspect will likely not make the memories that student Dylan Kraemer has of the shooting any less palpable.“I heard gunshots. It was the first thing — in the hallway. It was really loud and echoed,” Dylan recalled in an interview with “Nightline.”He was in room 1214 of the freshman building when the gunman stormed the hallways, shooting people at random and firing indiscriminately through the rectangular windows of locked classroom doors.“And then I saw the shooter through the little window in the door … I was looking to the side, then I could see him point his gun at me and shoot into my classroom and then I saw two of my friends die and three others get shot… I was thinking that I was going to die, pretty much.” Since the shooting, Brooke said, she keeps thinking of the classmate who was shot multiple times and how she crawled from under her desk across broken glass to apply pressure to his wounds and keep him calm. He survived.  “I remember seeing him in such agonizing pain,” she said, adding that the cries and screams of the classmates around her at that terrifying moment continue to echo in her head.While more police have been placed at her school to guard students, Brooke lamented, “I think, personally, I’m never going to feel 100 percent safe.”The FBI took the blood-spattered shoes and sweater she wore the day of the shooting, she said, but she still has her backpack, now with a bullet hole in it.“I couldn’t believe how lucky I was, that my backpack took a bullet and, thank God, I didn’t,” she said. “Now, that’s going to be forever with me, and that’s forever going to be a memory that happened.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Border agents detain mother, newborn in Texas for 5 days

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) — U.S. border agents have since Saturday detained a Cuban woman with her newborn son, one day after she gave birth in a Texas hospital, but were expected to release both of them later Wednesday. Advocates say the woman’s detention by U.S. Customs and Border Protection raised concerns that she was being held in a sparse holding cell without beds or the food and care needed by a new mother or a newborn. Under federal rules, CBP is supposed to release most detained immigrants after 72 hours, a deadline that passed Tuesday. CBP said Wednesday it would release the family.last_img

Pakistan smell victory after Younus hits 218

first_img(REUTERS)-Younus Khan’s superb 218 put Pakistan in a strong position before they picked up four England wickets to take complete control on the third day of the fourth and final Test at The Oval yesterday.Younis Khan celebrates his double-century at The Oval on the third day It was his sixth in Tests..Younis Khan celebrates his double-century at The Oval on the third day It was his sixth in Tests..Younus batted for more than seven hours to lift the touring side to 542 all out in their first innings, a lead of 214 runs, and they then removed Alastair Cook, Alex Hales, James Vince and Joe Root to leave England in deep trouble on 88 for four.Gary Ballance was unbeaten on four at the close with Jonny Bairstow on 14 but Pakistan should secure victory today to level the series 2-2.Younus shared a seventh-wicket partnership of 77 with Sarfraz Ahmed who was the only wicket to fall in the morning session, well caught by diving wicketkeeper Bairstow off Chris Woakes for 44.The experienced Younus shepherded the tail well, hitting four sixes and 31 fours as the England attack toiled in the sunshine.“As a senior there is a lot of expectation on me,” said the 38-year-old after compiling his sixth Test double hundred. “Everybody knows that if I can get through those first 20 or 25 balls I can make a big hundred.“The first three games I made some 30s but didn’t convert. In this game I was just very calm.”England began their second innings poorly as Cook, on seven, edged Wahab Riaz to Iftikhar Ahmed at first slip.Hales (12) was then trapped lbw by Yasir Shah and the leg-spinner had Vince caught by Misbah-ul-Haq at cover for a three-ball duck to leave the hosts reeling on 55 for three.Joe Root made a fluent 39 but he was deceived by a quicker ball from Shah that crashed into his pads and the home team, 126 runs behind, face an uphill task to save the match with two days remaining.“Those four wickets in the evening session hurt us as a team but we’ve been in these tricky situations before and we’ll be fighting as hard as we can tomorrow to come out and fight to save this match,” said England paceman Steven Finn.ENGLAND 1st innings 328 (M. Ali 108, J. Bairstow 55; S. Khan 5-68) Pakistan 1st innings (Overnight: 340-6)S. Aslam lbw b Broad 3Az. Ali c Bairstow b Ali 49Y. Shah c Root b Finn 26A. Shafiq c Broad b Finn 109Y. Khan lbw b Anderson 218Misbah-ul-Haq c Hales b Woakes 15I. Ahmed c Ali b Woakes 4S. Ahmed c Bairstow b Woakes 44W. Riaz st Bairstow b Ali 4M. Amir not out 39So. Khan c Broad b Finn 2Extras (b-18 lb-6 nb-2 w-3) 29Total (all out, 146 overs) 542Fall of wickets: 1-3 S. Aslam,2-52 Y. Shah,3-127 Az. Ali,4-277 A. Shafiq,5-316 Misbah-ul-Haq,6-320 I. Ahmed,7-397 S. Ahmed,8-434 W. Riaz,9-531 Y. Khan,10-542 So. KhanBowling: J. Anderson 29 – 10 – 78 – 1, S. Broad 29 – 5 – 99 – 1(nb-1 w-1),S. Finn 30 – 1 – 110 – 3(w-2),C. Woakes 30 – 8 – 82 – 3,M. Ali 23 – 1 – 128 – 2(nb-1,J. Root 5 – 0 – 21 – 0.ENGLAND 2nd inningsA. Cook c I. Ahmed b Riaz 7A. Hales lbw b Shah 12J. Root lbw b Shah 39J. Vince c Misbah-ul-Haq b Shah 0G. Ballance not out 4J. Bairstow not out 14Extras (b-4 lb-5 nb-3) 12Total (for 4 wickets, 31 overs) 88Fall of wickets: 1-14 A. Cook,2-49 A. Hales,3-55 J. Vince,4-74 J. RootTo bat: C. Woakes, M. Ali, S. Broad, S. Finn, J. AndersonBowling: M. Amir 10 – 3 – 30 – 0, So. Khan 8 – 2 – 18 – 0,W. Riaz 4 – 0 – 15 – 1(nb-3),Y. Shah 7 – 1 – 15 – 3,I. Ahmed 2 – 1 – 1 – 0.last_img read more

Eye of the storm: Back from the booth, Steve Lavin sets St. John’s sights on a return to glory days

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Steve Lavin channels his inner John Wooden. He holds on to the countless lessons he learned from the late all-time great when he was a coach at UCLA. He preaches them wherever he goes. ‘Make every day your masterpiece,’ Lavin says, quoting his former mentor. Lavin coached UCLA for seven seasons, winning 20-plus games in six. He never produced the championships Wooden won with the Bruins, but he took his teams to the Sweet 16 five times before be he was relieved on his duties and walked away from coaching in 2003. He had success as a big-time head coach. He can do it again, given the right situation. Lavin had it made as an analyst with ESPN, a gig where he got to see great college basketball without the stress of being a Division I head coach. But he was willing to give it all up, as he did in March, when he was hired to take over a St. John’s program that had not made the NCAA Tournament since 2002. ‘I wouldn’t have taken the job,’ Lavin said, ‘unless I was very optimistic about the potential of St. John’s as kind of a sleeping giant.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text So Lavin has gone to work in all facets of the job. He has a Red Storm squad that is expecting a big season. He has St. John’s back on the national recruiting map, receiving commitments from some of the best high school players in the country. And he hasn’t been doing it alone, either. Lavin has gone back to his mentors, and he assembled a star-studded supporting cast of coaches, including his former boss, Gene Keady. Keady gave Lavin his entrance into coaching at Purdue in 1988. And like with Wooden, Lavin still uses the lessons he learned from Keady. So naturally, when Lavin was feeling out a return to the bench, he went to Keady for advice. ‘Other than my mother and father, he’s the most influential person in my life,’ Lavin said. ‘The magic carpet ride that is basketball is a direct result of Gene Keady taking me under his wing.’ After Lavin accepted the St. John’s job, he turned to his mentor again. This time it wasn’t for advice, but for an opportunity to once again join forces. Nineteen years later. Lavin convinced the 74-year old Keady to come out of retirement and be a consultant. He brought in a coach who won six Big Ten championships and six National Coach of the Year awards. Keady brings the type of experience that could help turn around a program quickly. Red Storm guard Paris Horne said that with Keady’s knowledge and experience, he’s a ‘great voice around’ for questions. A voice only Lavin could bring in to this middle-of-the-road program. And Keady brings a level of comfort for Lavin as he enters a difficult endeavor, one much more challenging than his first coaching job at UCLA. Lavin has to turn around a program that hasn’t won in years. What better person to do it with than his mentor? ‘It was a good fit,’ Lavin said. ‘We have a good relationship. He still has a lot to offer to the game.’ The experienced coaching staff has factored into recruiting big time. And Lavin himself has brought his recruiting success — he brought NBA players, such as Baron Davis and Jason Kapono, to UCLA — to his new program. D’Angelo Harrison had his college choices narrowed down to four schools. Three of them — Oklahoma State, Baylor and Marquette — were in last season’s NCAA Tournament. The other team finished one game over .500. Yet Harrison, the No. 18 shooting guard in the Class of 2011, according to, chose St. John’s. That’s the Lavin effect on recruiting for the Red Storm. Harrison became the third player ranked at least four stars by to commit. Lavin has since received a commitment from a fourth. It’s the No. 7 recruiting class for 2011, according to ESPN. And with 10 seniors leaving after this season, the influx of talent couldn’t have come at a better time. ‘It’s challenging because you have to start over in terms of hiring a staff, trying to build a culture and recruit 10 prospects in an eight-month period,’ Lavin said. ‘That’s unprecedented, in my opinion. ‘If you miss with 10, then pretty much someone else will be the head coach here within a couple years.’ For St. John’s, winning has been the missing ingredient in recruiting. Lavin hopes to bring that back. And success this season could lay the groundwork for a long run of success at SJU, both on the recruiting trail and on the court. ‘Putting all the NBA players in the pros from his previous stop played a role,’ said Mike Carrabine, Harrison’s high school coach at John Foster Dulles High School. ‘I think that was very appealing to D’Angelo.’ With all the prized recruits Lavin has in place for 2011, there is still a 2010 season to be played. And Lavin has a squad looking to play in March Madness for the first time in years. Last season, the Red Storm beat four teams that made the NCAA Tournament, but it wasn’t consistent. That’s evident in the 6-12 Big East record. ‘We lost a lot of close games that we should have won (last season), and it was just the little things,’ Horne said. ‘And (with) Coach Lavin and the staff, we’re getting better at it and just paying attention to detail and defense. I think this year you’re going to see that.’ The goals are to make the NCAA Tournament and to win the Big East. Horne said that himself. Lofty expectations for a team that finished 13th in the conference last season. But the seniors have the experience. And their new coach has them believing. ‘Everything this year is aiming high,’ guard D.J. Kennedy said. The rest of the Big East is taking notice. The Red Storm was predicted to finish sixth in the Big East preseason coaches’ poll. That reflects upon Lavin’s reputation because St. John’s hasn’t finished in the top six since 2002. Louisville coach Rick Pitino even gave the Red Storm a first-place vote. ‘(St. John’s) has an ingredient that I think is very important to winning,’ Pitino said, ‘and that is hungriness. ‘There’s a lot of excitement behind that program, and I think they can reach that potential.’ The Red Storm still has a lot to prove. But that’s why Lavin was brought in. He has the experience. He has the connections. And he keeps things in perspective. He learned that from arguably the greatest coach in NCAA history, Wooden. ‘We just have to continue in a gradual way to make strides but not get too far ahead of ourselves,’ Lavin said. ‘Because at the end of the day, we know how tall of a task we have ahead of us. ‘It really is just ‘let’s get better today.” [email protected]last_img read more

Olympia School District to Live Stream Graduations

first_imgFacebook94Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia School DistrictThe Olympia School District is pleased to announce that they will be live streaming high school graduation ceremonies for Avanti, Capital and Olympia so that those who cannot attend in person, can still cheer on their graduate online. Family, friends and loved ones that may not live nearby can now be a part of this special day.The following Olympia School District graduation ceremonies will be live-streamed on the district Facebook page. Family and friends from near and far can now partake in the festivities:Avanti High School Graduation – Thursday, June 8 at 6:00 p.m.Capital High School Graduation – Tuesday, June 13 at 7:00 p.m.Olympia High School Graduation – Wednesday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m.These live-streams will begin approximately 10-15 minutes prior to each graduation start time. To view the live-stream just follow us on Facebook.last_img read more