Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students to return Wednesday

Posted at 3:27 PM, Feb 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-27 18:56:56-05

There is still a heavy presence of Broward Sheriff's Office deputies at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, and the sheriff has vowed there will be more when students return to school for the first time since the massacre. 

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"There are some people who feel it's too soon, but then there are others who feel pride and feel they can do this all as one, all in this together," said Jenna Korsten who is a senior.  

"I wanted to be a part of this even more so," said Barbara Zeman from Chicago.

Zeman is a snowbird and visits her brother in Parkland once a year. She arrived in Parkland the day of the shooting, but that did not turn her around.  

"Ever since I got here, I've been coming out here and just sitting on the bench and praying," said Zeman.

At a park near the school she prays and Wednesday will be no different. 

"This is the time that I'm going to be here, please pray with me," she said as she described her text message to her fellow female priests in Chicago and other parts of the country. 

She's praying for students gone too soon, for teachers who are now heroes, and for the students, teachers, and faculty going back to the school. 

"I will get through this, and so will the rest of my - eagles," said Korsten. 

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