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Students Write Poignant Book of Surviving School Massacre

by Terry Spencer .
Tuesday Jan 22, 2019
In this Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, photo, Brianna Fisher, 16, left, Leni Steinhardt, 16, center, and Brianna Jesionowski sit during an interview with The Associated Press about a new book called "Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories," in Parkland, Fla.
In this Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, photo, Brianna Fisher, 16, left, Leni Steinhardt, 16, center, and Brianna Jesionowski sit during an interview with The Associated Press about a new book called "Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories," in Parkland, Fla.  (Source:AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Students and teachers from the Florida school where 17 died in February's high school massacre have written a raw, poignant book about living through the tragedy.

"Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories" details what it was like to live through the six-minute shooting spree and its aftermath as the Fort Lauderdale suburb mourning in a worldwide spotlight.

Forty-three students and teachers contributed to the 192-page paperback of essays, poems, photos and art that was published Tuesday by Crown Books.

Journalism teacher Sarah Lerner edited the book and contributed two essays. She says the book has helped her and the students heal. She said they went through the tragedy together and now are getting through the sadness together.

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