UPDATE: Del. students offer support for student survivors of mass shooting in Florida

Students from left to right: Mary Hess, Vasilia Diakos, and Olivia Sananikone   Photo courtesy the Indian River School District Delaware

Local students offer support for high school students who are returning to school after a mass shooting happened two weeks ago, in South Florida.

On Wednesday, students returned to their classrooms at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after 17 people, including students and athletic instructors, lost theirs lives in a shooting that happened on Valentine's Day. On that day, Broward County law enforcement says 19-year-old Nicolas Cruz, a former student at the South Florida school, used an AR-15 assault rifle in the mass shooting. 

The shooting has since sparked more communication regarding gun laws and an outpouring of support for the student survivors of the horrific incident. On Tuesday, the Indian River School District says students at Selbyville Middle School (SMS) created a banner in support of the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Each SMS student apparently signed the banner which has the Florida High School's logo and an inspirational quote.

The quote reads as follows: 
 "Strength doesn't comes from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you thought you couldn't." 

The banner was overnight mailed to the students in Florida. 

According to the Associated Press, armed officers were on scene as students returned to the school on Wednesday morning. The investigation continues as Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel previously stated that the school's armed Resource Officer, Scott Peterson, did not enter the building as the shooting took place on February 14. Peterson has since resigned and hired a lawyer as a result of the accusation. Cruz remains in custody. 

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