As the United States marked one year to the day since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, friends and family of the victims took to social media to honor the loved ones they lost. Parkland anniversary tweets and tributes offered a powerful reminder of the tragedy's impact, as well as the nation's broader gun violence epidemic.
On Feb. 14, 2018, a gunman opened fire in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 14 students and three staff members: a teacher, a football coach, and an athletic director. Sixteen others were wounded.
Stoneman Douglas held a half day on Thursday to mark the anniversary. There were no formal classes: Instead, it was a "Day of Service and Love" in which students helped serve meals to first responders and undernourished kids, per the Miami Herald. The school also organized counselors, therapy dogs, and other resources to be on hand. Still, many students were absent so they could grieve in private, according to the Herald.
Last year's shooting inspired Stoneman Douglas students to launch the March for Our Lives movement, and many of the activists participated in a social media blackout from Feb. 14 to 17. "This is a time for me to remember where I came from and to remember why I'm fighting so hard," organizer Adam Alhanti told Mashable of the blackout. But others used Twitter to pay tribute to their lost loved ones.