Through a collection of personal narratives, members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) community share how they navigate their lives in the aftermath of a school shooting that spawned marches in Washington, DC, and nationwide organizing surrounding gun violence. MSD activism exists beyond conventional political means and the work of healing the community continues in other forums. While the names and faces of student activists are easily recognizable, in this piece readers will encounter largely overlooked voices, as attention deservedly went to student activists, hearing from adults who live, teach, work, and parent in and around Parkland, FL.
Movement: Navigating #MSDStrong and Activism
Jacob G. Abraham is the Speech and Debate teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He is beyond appreciative that his peers enable him to make meaningful use of his PhD from the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida. Correspondence to: Jacob Abraham, Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS, 5901 Pine Island Road, Parkland, FL 33076, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rachel B. Archambault is a speech-language pathologist at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. She also passionately runs the @PTSD.SLP Instagram account, providing resources about trauma-informed care in school and medical settings to the public. Correspondence to: Rachel Archambault, Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS, 5901 Pine Island Road, Parkland, FL 33076, USA. Email: Rachel.Archambault@browardschools.com.
Amy R. Kenny Kleinman is the yoga instructor at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. She promotes health and wellness through mindfulness, movement, and breath work. She also runs a nonprofit, Yoga4MSD, which raises funds to train teenagers as yoga instructors and mental health advocates. Correspondence to: Amy R. Kenny Kleinman, Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS, 5901 Pine Island Road, Parkland, FL 33076, USA. Email: Amy.Kenny@browardschools.com.
Stacey L. Lippel is a 9th- and 10th-grade Language Arts and Creative Writing instructor at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. She also sponsors the award-winning MSD Spoken Word club, Word Warriors. Correspondence to: Stacey L. Lippel, Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS, 5901 Pine Island Road, Parkland, FL 33076, USA. Email: Stacey.Lippel@browardschools.com.
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Jacob G. Abraham, Rachel B. Archambault, Amy R. Kenny Kleinman, Ben Lippel, Stacey L. Lippel; Movement: Navigating #MSDStrong and Activism. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 June 2021; 10 (2): 24–32. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2021.10.2.24
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