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We Say #NeverAgain: Reporting by the Parkland Student Journalists

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  289 ratings  ·  65 reviews
A journalistic look at the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and the fight for gun control--as told by the student reporters for the school's newspaper and TV station.

This timely and media-driven approach to the Parkland shooting, as reported by teens in the journalism and broadcasting programs and in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas newspaper, is
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Hardcover, 260 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Holly
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, non-fiction
This book is a collection of articles by the Parkland newspaper class about various topics relating to their school shooting. It is interesting to hear their perspectives unfiltered by some other media source -- other than the publisher that is. This book is important though, especially if you do not agree with everything the Parkland students were doing in 2018. I am from the Chicago region and have my opinions on the whole gun violence thing, which has truthfully has nothing to do with this ...more
Amy
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought there were some remarkable things about this book. I used it in my media literacy unit in Journalism. My students were frustrated by some of the redundancies. I still plan to teach excerpts of it in the future. I think I will pair it with some the actual Eagle Eye stories that were published in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting. Teenagers are not just standing by to witness as adults muck up this world; they are seeking ways to change it, and this book speaks to the power of their ...more
Zosi
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a hard book to rate. Of course, the stories of the Parkland journalists and all of their insight and passion they bring to this book is very inspiring and it brings many diverse perspectives to the gun control issue in a very unique and delicate way. My only complaint is the sometimes repetitive nature of the essays and the way the book itself seems to have very little structure, as the time jumps are sometimes confusing and non chronological.
Andrew Shipe
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review is not going to be the most objective on Goodreads: MS Douglas High is in my district, and as a journalism teacher and adviser, I've taken advantage of many workshops offered by Melissa Falkowski, and look forward to learning more from her and from the excellent student journalists at her high school.

This book provides a lot of different things: first-hand accounts of the shooting, student written articles that appeared in the newspaper (whether the print or the online version is not
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Anna
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rate this book 5 stars because not only is the story of the Parkland shooting survivors inspiring, but also truly heart-wrenching and so much deeper than I ever thought. On February 14th, 2018 at 2:20 PM, shots rang out in the stairwell of the Freshman Building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas School. With 17 dead after 6 minutes and 20 seconds of sheer terror, the students at MSD were left in shock. The void left open by the victims of the shooting was filled with movements started by the students ...more
Donna Hines
My heart aches for these young adults as the trauma they suffered will takes years to heal.
They must know first and foremost that they are not alone nor to blame and that many adults have failed them.
The question we all must now ask: How many more lives should we lose before the seriousness of this problem is addressed? https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/27/us/cor...
The NRA is at the forefront of this debate and those who support their rights to bear arms. However, those same rights come at a brutal
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Eric
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is quite a difficult book to give a rating to due to the sheer emotion that this book is filled with. It is more like a bunch of stories/articles put together into a book. The book does these awkward jumps at times which can confuse you which is why I don't give it a higher rating. The stories also seem to get a bit repetitive at times, but each student has a different personality which helps give a different outlook on what has happened.
Jake Miller
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book and I imagine it can be very impactful to young readers. As a future educator, it was frightening to read, but felt necessary in today’s world of violence and political division. I particularly enjoyed the focus on activism beginning at a young age and the exploration of trauma. I found some of the essays a little repetitive, but overall a good collection!
Susan Walker
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As this book was written by students of Parkland you get an up close and personal view of the shooting. It is a very moving read.
Laura Gardner
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What happens when journalism students become the story? We Say #NeverAgain explores that topic with essays by students affected by the mass shooting event at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HIgh School. The book includes emotional reactions from student journalists, first person accounts of their experiences as activists, as well as stories of individual acts of courage on the day of the shooting. One student writes effectively about the No Notoriety campaign, which MSD journalists followed (No ...more
Mary Sisney
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The MSD students were already my 2018 People of the Year because of the mature way they handled the trauma of having seventeen of their classmates and teachers killed in still another school shooting. Now their book is competing with Michelle Obama's and a few others for my favorite of the year. Often when I read books by much younger people who are trying to give their readers advice, I can become annoyed because I think they need my advice. But these high school students have experienced a ...more
Teenreadsdotcom
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On February 14th, 2018, there was a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Seventeen people --- 14 students, one teacher, and two coaches --- died that day. That moment mobilized the students of MSD. Students from the school began to speak out against gun violence, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and political leaders who were given support by the NRA. On March 14th, the MSD students and other students motivated by these students across America walked out in protest of gun ...more
Jen
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, politics
So I just finished this book, and despite the fact that I feel like crying, I also have a lot of thoughts.

The first surround the book itself. The fact that these students and teachers managed to write so well about the horror they went through on that Valentines Day is impressive, as is the activism they’ve pushed for since then.

The teachers, the students… They went through hell. They’re making sure everyone knows that, and they’re doing it well. As they’re finishing high school and starting
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Shannon Minninger
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Back when I was teaching in the early-mid 90s, school shootings hadn’t become a “thing”. It was before Columbine. However, shortly after I left the classrooom to become a yearbook representative (likely just after Columbine) I remember talking to one of my yearbook advisers about a practice lock down drill she had just been gone through and the horror of the realization that teachers were being instructed NOT to open their classroom doors once they were locked to allow ANY students to enter for ...more
Abby Strom
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book when it first came out. Knowing it's written by the students of Parkland told me I needed to read it. I started reading it this summer and I realized that for the first nine pages, where a perspective of that day is given, a teacher's perspective, I was barely breathing and had goose bumps everywhere. I've been slowly reading this book, taking breaks for days because it's so heavy, and I'm terrified that as a teacher, I could be one of the teachers writing or being ...more
Barbara
This one is a 3.5 for me. I admire the teens from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School who took the school's tragedy and used it as a platform to advocate for change, inspiring thousands to leave their classrooms in protest of the continuing gun violence that seems to fill our streets and classrooms more and more frequently. But as is pointed out in a couple of articles and essays by the student journalists, shocking as the shooting of 17 students and teachers on Feb. 14, 2018 was, many ...more
Jessie Adamczyk
This is a very painful review to give because of the tragedy that surrounds the book. The Parkland shootings were devastating and I applaud the teachers who decided to give their students a platform from which they could voice their experiences. The book acts as a compendium of the Parkland journalists' various essays from the year following the shooting, some of which were published in national publications. I am not writing any of this to try to downplay the importance of the event or to ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
We Say #NeverAgain by Melissa Falkowski and Eric Garner, 246 pages. NON-FICTION. Crown Books (Random House Children’s Books), 2018. $17.99

Language: PG (5 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG

BUYING ADVISORY: HS – ADVISABLE

AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE

The teachers and students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School went through a life-altering experience on Valentine’s Day 2018: a school shooting in which nearly 50 people were injured or killed. In the articles written by the Parkland
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Kelly Tarr
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This impactful book collects a variety of short essays from the student journalists of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. All of the essays are thoughtful and well-crafted; and each highlights the personal experiences of a student during and after the tragic events of February 14, 2018. Some students wrote about the event as it unfolded, while others wrote about the after-effects of trauma and healing. Some students focused on student activism, #NeverAgain, and the March for Our Lives, and ...more
Carro Herdegen
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kiss-the-book
Language: PG (5 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG
The teachers and students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School went through a life-altering experience on Valentine’s Day 2018: a school shooting in which nearly 50 people were injured or killed. In the articles written by the Parkland student journalists, they offer their perspectives on reporting what happened, the surprising backlash they received, and how things must change for the future.
In fifty articles, these students
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D
Literary Merit: Excellent
Characterization: N/A
Recommended: Yes
Level: High School

In the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy of 2018, we have seen the students take their future into their own hands. These young people speak out, they walk out, and they have taken to writing their story down. In this book, you will find some firsthand accounts of what happened, but you will mostly read about the aftermath and the lives these young people live right now.

This work would be an excellent
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Rachel Kristine Tuller
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible book, written by some incredibly young people.

One of my favorite quotes from the book was "However, the unimaginable occurred, a concept of high school life we were not prepared for. Our word, our pages, our series-violated. What we'd meant to be our proud novels now became tattered tragedies. Over three thousand stories torn to ruin. Seventeen burned."

This book is a collection of essays written by students who were at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the time of
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Mallori
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book presents a journalists perspective of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Highschool shooting on February 14, 2018. It can be very overwhelming and highly opinionated. There are vulnerable scenes so, beware.
This breathtaking book is full of multiple writings from journalism students at the Highschool where the shooting took place. It gives so many details in that went on, on that tragic day and leads you through the paths of how the students rebuilt their community from shambles.
These
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Beth
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
The kids at Parkland wrote essays that their Newspaper and Television teachers assembled into this book. It's quite moving -- the fear and horror that the kids experienced as the shooter wandered the halls murdering 17 people, the dedication the kid put into reporting on themselves and their peers during the aftermath, including putting out a memorial issue that honored the fallen, and then how many of them felt the need to reach further. We hear from the kids that put together their movement ...more
Gina
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Seems only fitting to read these “news articles” written by journalism and communications students from MSD Parkland, FL 1 year after the shooting that killed 17.

This is a hard collection to rate, as others have mentioned, because on the one hand you want to say “5 stars, you survived!” and on the other hand it is definitely high school level writing with SO MUCH repetition that I felt as though there was a big failure in editing. There were some nice profiles in courage pieces as well as
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Skylar Brown
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We Say #NeverAgain was a very powerful written by the student journalists of Marjory Stoneman Douglas. In the book, it covers the day that a shooter came to their school and took the lives of 17 innocent students and teachers. The main focus of the book was how the journalists decided to rise up from the event and started becoming activists and strong believers in gun law reforms. I really enjoyed reading the book. Besides it being extremely eye-opening and powerful, it also was very ...more
Lily
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was breathtaking. I had chills right from the first page. Even from the first chapter, I could tell that it would be heavy, and difficult to read, but so interesting as to giving even the smallest of insights as to what these students and teachers were thinking and going through on that horrific Valentine's Day. Thankfully, the chapters alternated between students writing about their journalism experience, what being a journalist in the midst of the Parkland shooting meant to them, and ...more
Steph
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At times it felt repetitive, but I guess that's to be expected since this is a collection of people's accounts on the same incident. Some accounts were more chilling than others, and I found myself slightly overwhelmed by it. I'm sorry that this happened at all, but I'm still glad that it was at least pointed out in some articles that POC communities are disproportionately affected by gun violence and are rarely, if ever, given the same spotlight and level of attention as the parkland shooting's ...more
Ang
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Y’all...these kids give me hope.

This is a collection of stories about the MSD shooting told by the journalism students at the school. Other reviews complain about it being repetitive. 20+ kids sharing their experiences of that day and it’s aftermath is sure to repeat some details. So what? It’s their story to tell and each of them brought me to tears with their insight, perspective, and passion.

It was a hard one for me to read and it took a long time to get through it but I’m glad I did. Can’t
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Joe
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good writing but....

Rather happy with the writing. Very professional for high school students, and a good reflection upon them & their advisors. The stories about the attack on Stoneman Douglas and the aftermath both to the school and the newsroom are written well enough to bring the reader into the stories.

I also appreciate the lack of pontificating or taking sides about how to resolve gun violence. But rather the behind the scenes stuff that makes this book truly historical.

However, I feel
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