By MAXINE BENTZEL, WPEC
PARKLAND, Fla. (WPEC) - Tanzil Philip is preparing to face what will be his new normal as he walks through the doors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wednesday for the first time since 17 people were shot and killed.
“We just want to go back to being high school students,” said Philip.
It’s been 13 days, and he’s ready to return, but not without hesitation.
“I’m scared. I’m afraid. I don’t know what’s going to happen. This could happen again. There’s going to be a large police presence so I guess that gives us a sense of safety,” said Philip.
Philip said he’s worried about the little things that could trigger flashbacks, like a fire alarm going off.
There’s one thing he won’t part with.
“I don’t want to be without my phone. I know some teachers don’t allow us to have them when we take tests, but I want to keep it on me at all times in case I need to call my parents,” said Philip. `
He’s hoping to exude strength, and that his classmates will as well.
“I think our message is MSD strong and in order for us to prove that message we all have to come back. I know it’s really hard for some of my friends, but if you can come back please try to come back,” said Philip.
Students will return to school Wednesday at 7:40 a.m. on a modified schedule.
They will be let out just before noon.