One year ago today, one of the most horrific tragedies to face the United States occurred when 17 students and faculty members were killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen more were injured, and the entire community (and country) was devastated by the senseless tragedy. In those 12 months, students have done incredible work, starting the March For Our Lives movement and tirelessly advocating for gun control after former MSD student Nikolas Cruz opened fire at the school on February 14.
Celebrities who have lent their support to Parkland and the remarkable teenagers who have survived their trauma and anguish spoke out on social media today. Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi tweeted, “I dropped #littlehands off at school this morning and for every minute since I left her, I’ve been thinking about the kids, teachers and families of MSD. I’m thinking about the courage of their activism since the tragedy and the fact that it’s been a whole year. #MSDstrong… Think of how they’ll feel every Valentines Day for the rest of their lives. I don’t know them personally but today I’d like to send out my love to all of them.”
Dwyane Wade tweeted out the name of the 17 killed in the shooting, writing, “Remembering the 17 lives lost one year ago. As friends and families heal, we have to remember to do our part and continue to call for the change that is needed. #ParklandStrong #MSDStrong”. The image was orange, the color worn by those advocating for gun control.