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Back to school in Parkland, Fla.

For the first time since a gunman stalked their hallways and turned Valentine's Day deadly, students arrived for classes Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

They returned to the grind of athletic practices and math homework forever changed by the past two weeks.

Some of them have seized the national stage and found their voices as gun-control advocates. Some have hoisted caskets and started sleeping in their parents’ beds. There are some who will return without their siblings. There are several who are injured, mentally and physically, and not ready to come back, and there are 14 students who never will.

Each day since the massacre has solidified the Florida students’ new and unwelcome status as members of the horrible club — survivors of a mass shooting. Now they have to try to be high-school students again. Or not.

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Day 1

Feb. 14 At the end of fourth period, a gunman fatally shoots 17 and injures more than a dozen students and educators with an AR-15.

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Day 2

Feb. 15 Officials release the 17 names of those who died in Parkland and mourners hold candlelight vigils.

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Day 3

Feb. 16 With the words #NeverAgain, survivors of the shooting seize control of the narrative.

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Day 4

Feb. 17 Through tears, Douglas senior Emma Gonzalez demands action alongside her classmates on the Broward County courthouse steps.

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Day 5

Feb. 18 The funerals begin, and the students find themselves both mourning and mobilizing.

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Day 6

Feb. 19 More than 1,000 miles from Parkland, the movement reaches the White House with a “die-in.”

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Day 7

Feb. 20 Amid a 17-minute moment of silence, hundreds of students at West Boca High School spontaneously leave class and march 10 miles to Douglas.

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Day 8

Feb. 21 Survivors demand gun control at a CNN town hall, the Florida Capitol and during a listening session with President Trump.

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“I am devastated. Sick to my stomach. He never went in.”

Scott Israel, Broward County sheriff

Day 9

Feb. 22 As pundits argued that “good guys with guns” are the only way to fight “bad guys with guns,” Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel says Scot Peterson, the armed school resource officer there during the shooting, “never went in” to the building.

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Day 10

Feb. 23 Cameron Kasky, 17, and fellow students-turned-activists debunk conspiracy theories on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

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Day 11

Feb. 24 Another student-supported movement — #BoycottNRA — prompts large businesses to sever ties with the National Rifle Association.

Day 12

Feb. 25 For the first time since Valentine’s Day, survivors are allowed back into the school — and left wondering if learning there could ever again seem normal.

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“Allegations that Mr. Peterson was a coward ... are patently untrue.”

Joseph DiRuzzo, Fort Lauderdale attorney

Day 13

Feb. 26 As investigators continued to reveal answers to the question “how did this happen,” Peterson, the school resource officer, says through attorney Joseph DiRuzzo that he was no coward.

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Day 14

Feb. 27 Student survivors, on the eve of their attempt to resume a normal high school routine, plea for their lives and school safety measures in Tallahassee.

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Day 15

Feb. 28 Exactly two weeks after their school was attacked, students began their first day back to class in fourth period, the same place they were when gunfire sliced through Valentine’s Day.

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But not every classroom was occupied on Wednesday, and not every hallway had students streaming down it. All three stories of Building 12, where 550 students were in class when police say the gunman opened fire, remained empty on the inside and cordoned by a chain link fence on the outside.

School officials want to demolish it, to erase what happened there from the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas high — at least physically.

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