The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last February haunts all of us. But for those who lost loved ones, their grief has been made worse by what they say are the missteps, inaction, and lack of empathy from the Broward County Public Schools and its leader. Here, Education Week looks closely at the rift between the Parkland community and the school district:

  • Ernest Rospierski, a geography and history teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, braved gunfire to save multiple students' lives inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. Rospierski said it was five months after the shooting before officials from the Broward County school district contacted him to inquire about his well-being.

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