MiamiHerald / Taylor Morales refuses to live in fear of her school.
So when the 18-year-old senior steps inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, she will draw on the same fierce determination that has carried her through the 14 days since a gunman opened fire inside the freshman building on Valentine’s Day.
Taylor, hiding inside a classroom of that building, survived the attack that killed 17 , including her neighbor, Joaquin Oliver , and her fellow color guard member, Gina Montalto . Their names will be among those on the chain-link fence that surrounds the school when she returns, on stuffed pink and blue bunnies and white wooden crosses and Stars of David near the front entrance.
“No one expects you going to school in the morning to be an accomplishment, that you faced your fears,” she said. “It shouldn’t be such an act of bravery – but it is.”