MSD students highlight how school family is moving forward since mass shooting

47-minute documentary released just before 1-year anniversary of massacre

By Terrell Forney - Reporter

PARKLAND, Fla. - A new student-produced documentary reveals what life has been like for the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.

"MSD Reflects" is the name of the new documentary directed and produced primarily by students from Stoneman Douglas.

It features real, raw interviews from survivors of the Parkland tragedy.

"I'd say that I'm just kind of numb to it all," one student said in the documentary. 

"I don't think that I'm anywhere near healed," a teacher said. 

The focus of documentary, though, is not the tragedy itself, but the strides made in the 12 months since the school shooting.

"Our goal is not to always reflect on the bad. We wanted to reflect that there's good and bad," Zakari Kostzer said. 

Kostzer is a senior at MSD and helped to produce the 47-minute-long project.

"I really want America to see MSD as a school and not where this tragedy happened," Kostzer said. "And you can't forget it's a bunch of teenagers and teachers who still have to interact with each other and who have to still walk by the scene of the crime every single day."

"We need to be able to tell our story, our way," MSD teacher and documentary executive producer Eric Garner said. 

Garner is a TV production teacher at MSD who helped guide the students through the often emotional process of making the documentary.

"It's amazing to see where we've come from -- it's painful," Garner said.

From the March For Our Lives movement to a national appearance at the Tony Awards and the many benefits that followed, the film highlights how the MSD family is moving forward.

On the heels of the one-year mark since 17 students and teachers were killed in the mass shooting, the documentary also proves the community is still healing.

"We all want to be normal again, but we know we will never be normal again," Kostzer said. 

 

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