PARKLAND, Fla. (FOX 13) - The young people of Parkland, Florida are proving themselves to be an outspoken, strong body of student activists since the shooting that killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Community members, parents, school staff, and alumni are also stepping forward to make sure the world knows they will recover and heal from this tragedy.
Filmmaker and Stoneman Douglas alumnus Ryan Blitzer gathered these forces to create a video representative of their message: #MSDStrong, #ParklandStrong, and #DouglasStrong.
It features video messages from alumni across the country wearing shirts bearing the MSD Eagles symbols and imagery now known across the country.
From Dallas, Charlotte, Wesley Chapel, Orlando, Chicago, New York, Irvine, Raleigh, Milwaukee, England, and beyond, the messages were clear:
Eagles fly high.
We are MSD strong.
I stand with you. MSD Strong.
Keep soaring, eagles.
Real eagles always fly together.
Be proud to be an eagle.
In fewer than 24 hours, the video has been viewed millions of times across several social media accounts.
The video is finished with a message released this weekend by Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS Principal Ty Thompson, where he promised hugs and comfort for all 3000 students and their families as they grieve and come back from the tragedy.
In addition to the video, several groups of MSD alumni across the country have banded together to form a network of Mobilizing MSD Alumni. They are organizing events in Washington, D.C., Boston, Miami, New York City, Orlando, and Parkland.
An official GoFundMe campaign has been created by the Broward Education Foundation to help the victims and families of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. As of this writing, it had raised nearly $2 million.