Some balloons popped at Columbine's reopening, sending students diving for cover.
"We don't need to put guns in the hands of teachers", he told the crowd, to a sustained standing ovation.
Across the country, students who are accustomed to regular lockdown drills to prepare for the possibility of a mass shooting have staged walkouts calling for more gun control.
"Homework doesn't really seem that important now", she said last week.
It was just a half-day of school at Stoneman Douglas on Wednesday, letting students ease their way back into the classroom.
Teachers and students are arriving early at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, their first day back after an expelled classmate with an AR-15 killed 17 people in a Valentine's Day massacre that has profoundly altered the lives of survivors.
"I'm furious. Parents know this is a bad idea, teachers know this is a bad idea, the school custodian knows this is a bad idea, the superintendents know this is a bad idea", she told Newsweek.
Alexis Grogan, a 15-year-old sophomore, was concerned that it might be too soon to go on as usual without slain friends such as Luke Hoyer, who sat two seats behind her in Spanish class. "He told me, 'I am going to my music class, '" said the driver, who picked Cruz up from a location on Loxahatchee Road in Parkland. Spaulding music teachers Joanne Houston and Cheryl Richardson say many tears were shed as they delivered the check, a custom-engraved leadership award featuring a glass eagle, and a Spaulding Junior ROTC unit coin to Stoneman Douglas's principal and assistant principal outside the school Thursday morning. Numerous counselors were assigned to campus and given purple armbands so they were easily identifiable in case someone needed immediate help. The deputy later resigned rather than face disciplinary action, Israel said. "Students will not be penalized if they want to take part".
"Right now, people tend to ignore the issue of mental health until something like this happened and they then use it as a scapegoat", she said. "For everyone, it is a challenge".
Kira Walker said, "This is our problem too we cannot adequately receive an education if we are too busy wondering if this is the last day of our lives".
He said unexpected problems will arise. Hundreds of off duty police officers, from here in Florida and as far away as New York City, came to show their support.
Fernback said, "We have some teachers, board members, the superintendent, students, and other members of my administration".
DeAngelis said Stoneman Douglas administrators will have to decide how to deal with spring rituals like prom and graduation, as those will create strong feelings of loss.
They didn't want to be alone.
Holliston police are investigating after a high school student allegedly took a BB gun to a basketball game in Hopkinton Tuesday night, authorities said.
This first day back was about healing. "But when I handed a kid a flower, it immediately brings a smile". "They are going to hear gunshots", DeAngelis said.
The Senate's version of the school safety bill was approved by a second committee on a 13-7 vote Tuesday evening. Sen.