Category: EXTRAORDINARY ACTS

Freshman Chris McKenna discusses his experience with coming into contact with the shooter. Photo by Anna Dittman

Freshman Chris McKenna comes into contact with gunman minutes before shooting

During the Feb. 14 tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, some students and teachers are recognized as heroes who performed exceptional duties to help save lives in the midst of chaos. One of these students is freshman Chris McKenna who came into contact with the shooter minutes before he fired into the school. McKenna was situated in room 1216 […]

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Social studies teacher Ernie Rospierski smiles in his #MSDStrong shirt at MSD. Photo by Suzanna Barna

Ernie Rospierski shields his students from the line of fire

On Feb. 14, 2018, social studies teacher Ernie Rospierski was on the third floor of the freshman building in room 1249 when the fire alarm went off. His students began following procedure by packing their things and evacuating the room. As Rospierski reached the top of the stairs, he immediately recognized the sound of gunshots. All the students in the […]

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Freshman Jason Snytte poses next to an MSD Strong poster during his second week back to school. Photo by Anna Dittman

Freshman Jason Snytte saved his classmates by shutting his class door

After doing something that seemed necessary to him at the time, freshman Jason Snytte had no clue that he would be deemed a hero. Sytte was in English class in the freshmen building during the shooting. When another student went to exit the classroom to use the bathroom, the class heard shots in the hallway. Snytte quickly ran to the […]

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Coral Springs Police Sgt. Jeff Heinrich breaks down talking about his wife and son during a news conference at the Coral Springs Police Department on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Heinrich's wife, Marilyn, is the Assistant Athletic Director at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and his son is a student there. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel/TNS)

Off-duty Sgt. Jeff Heinrich saves student and secures building

Sgt. Jeff Heinrich of the Coral Springs Police Department is a police officer with a unique connection to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. His wife is world history teacher and assistant athletic director Marilyn Rule, and his son is a student. In his spare time during the day, he likes to help the staff keep up the grounds of the […]

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