PARKLAND, FL - The Broward County Public Schools has issued the following statement regarding the upcoming graduation:
"Graduation services for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are scheduled for Sunday, June 3, 2018. The District is keenly aware of and understands the news media’s desire to witness and report on this special ceremony through digital livestreaming. Additionally, the District understands the community’s interest and support of the school’s families.
However, requests from victims’ families, survivors, students and loved ones convey an unmistakable desire by some for privacy on this day; we believe honoring their requests is the right thing to do. The District has already assured and committed to these families that this graduation ceremony will not be broadcast or livestreamed. For those reasons, we are unable to accommodate the news media’s request for coverage.
As you are aware, these students and families have been through and continue to deal with an unspeakable tragedy that has impacted them directly and profoundly. Grieving is a process that progresses differently for everyone; these families do not see themselves as public figures. Their request for privacy is founded on a desire to recover a small sense of normalcy with loved ones on what will be an emotional day. Some have also expressed anxiety at the thought of having their personal experiences on public display.
We have arranged for media to be staged on site outside the ceremony and in a way that individuals who are comfortable speaking to news media may do so by choice. It is understandable that news media is frustrated and disappointed. Our hope is that news media and the community can understand and appreciate this decision to honor the wishes of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students and families."