Seventeen people were killed Wednesday when a lone gunman opened fire within Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

As members of the Parkland community grapple with what happened, people across the country do the same…but also continue about their days. To honor the seventeen innocents who lost their lives Wednesday, the Newspaper Production class set out Thursday to capture seventeen members of our own community doing everyday things, just as the victims had been doing at their school on Wednesday. We also asked for reactions to the school shootings that continue to plague our nation. Here are the results.

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Officer Dubois looks out over the school foyer on Thursday morning. Every day he stands on the bridge before and after school to make sure everything is in order. He was very aware of the shooting in Florida on Wednesday. He stated that while ownership of firearms is a constitutional right, “we need to further regulate and make it harder for people to own certain firearms.”

Senior Peter Stylos works on his history assignment alongside some of his classmates. Stylos was working on a timeline with his peers. Upon being asked about the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Stylos said, “[School shootings are] unfortunately becoming a more common thing than [they] used to be.”
Mrs. Vives converses with a student in her B block history class. Her class had just concluded a discussion on the Parkland shooting. Vives “was horrified and surprised that [a shooting] happened again in such a short amount of time after the last mass-shooting, and of course [she] thought about [AHS] and what [she] would do.”

Sophomore James Call laps around the first floor of Andover High School during first period Thursday. He was heading to class after a drink of water. When asked about the school shooting in Florida he replied, “I was horrified, it’s horrifying. We need stricter gun laws.”
Ms. Allard, a substitute teacher at the school Thursday sits at a table and goes over students’ work. Allard is a retired teacher from Andover High School and comes back to help out as a substitute. She said, “It is a disgrace that a child can get a gun…. [They] shouldn’t be in the hands of children…. Young voters must make the change.”
Talia Colecchi (left) eats breakfast while having a conversation with her friends in the cafeteria.  Colecchi, a junior at Andover High, is a member of the AHS tennis team and a good student.  When asked about her reaction to the recent school shooting she stated, “I wasn’t really surprised, its kind of happened before.”  When asked about how she felt in our own school, she added, “Having police officers and stuff helps, but it could happen anywhere.”
Ms. Peterson observes students playing floor hockey in the field house. A parent of former AHS students and member of the special education department, Peterson started her journey at AHS last year. “It makes you scared here [at Andover High School] when you hear a fire alarm…,” she said. “It’s just so scary.”
Junior Kathryn Wickersham opens her locker on Thursday morning. Wickersham was walking through the halls to get something out of her locker. When asked about her take on guns, Wickersham said, “I think that it’s too easy to get access to them.”
Coach Fazio eats his breakfast while teaching his gym class in the Dunn Gym. Fazio is popular amongst students for his well known humor, kindness, and energy. “It’s the 18th shooting we’ve had in schools this year,” he said. “People who need help have to get the help. We’ve got to protect you kids. I mean you guys are our most valuable assets. It’s just horrific.”
Melanie Pothitakis, a food service worker at AHS, prepares meats for the lunch wrap station. Pothitakis has worked at the high school for four years and enjoys her job. She said of the shooting, “It’s hard to understand what goes through someone’s mind when they do something like that.”
Freshman Elaine Debonis, a volleyball and basketball player here at AHS, walks in the hallway. When asked about the Florida school shooting, she said, “I feel safe here because no shootings have happened nearby recently, but if this shooting were close to us then I would feel different.”
Sitting in the library, Mr. Berube, AHS media specialist, works on his computer. Berube has been working at the school for many years, helping kids find books and resources for projects. When asked about the recent mass shooting in Florida, Berube responded, “Actually my reaction was rather muted as this is the sort of thing that happens and one learns to become sort of numb to it….When somebody is determined to kill and they want to become famous they go to someplace like a school and they commit an outrage knowing full well it’ll be all over the newspapers and that their name will be a household word and there’s really nothing you can do about that.”
Mr. Bledsoe (front), a science teacher at Andover High School, is having a conversation with Ms. St. Laurent. Bledsoe has worked at the high school for a few years, teaching kids the basics of physical science. When asked about his reaction to the mass shooting in Florida, he responded very strongly: “We live in an oligarchy where only the people who have power make the decisions…there’s nothing we can do…. NInety-five percent of Americans are for background checks, what does Congress do? Nothing.”
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Stephen Troy, a junior, sits in the cafeteria eating breakfast and working on school work. He said he was just as stunned and in disbelief as the rest of the U.S. in regards to Wednesday’s tragedy. “I was shocked when I heard about what happened, but I was even more shocked when I heard it was the 18th school shooting in 2018,” he said. “The fact teenagers would show up to school with the sole purpose of killing their classmates scares the s— out of me.”
Ms. Pina, a social studies teacher, sits at her desk grading student papers. Pina has been teaching at AHS for many years, and feels very passionate about bringing her thoughts into the classroom and encouraging students to share their own. “I feel sad for the people involved,” she said of the shooting. “I feel frustrated. I think we need gun control. That means more background checks, who’s buying what and where. Most importantly, I think we need an honest conversation. I’m sick and tired of hearing ‘thoughts and prayers’; we need to do something about this.”
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Mr. Hopkins sits alongside colleague Mr. Shea, preparing for his next class of the day. Hopkins is a World History teacher as well as World Studies teacher and has been teaching at AHS for many years. “Drastic radical measures are necessary,” said Hopkins. “We can not continue to put profits over people lives, children are being killed in school, schools are not safe.”
Freshman Manas Joshi works in a language lab during French class Thursday. Joshi said he likes AHS so far with French being one of his favorite classes. When asked about the shooting, he said “It’s a terrible thing that happened. It’s something that should never happen too.”