an Oh Myyy Property

The Parkland Shooting Survivors' Therapy Dogs Just Got Their Own Yearbook Page And It's Absolutely Perfect


A team of adorable therapy dogs that helped the surviving students of 2018's Parkland shooting was honored with their own page in the school's yearbook.

It has been over a year since a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018. Seventeen students and staff members were killed in one of the worst mass shootings in the U.S.

After the shooting, fourteen dogs were enlisted to help students cope in the aftermath as they mourned the loss of their friends and classmates.

The high school's yearbook staff, headed by adviser and journalism teacher Sarah Lerner and rising editor-in-chief Caitlynn Tibbetts, featured the dogs who managed to bring out smiles as students struggled to go about their daily lives in the wake of the shooting.

Lerner told Buzzfeed that "there's nothing a dog can't fix."

"I'll be teaching and in comes a dog and these big 18-year-old adults all the sudden become mushy 5-year-old kids and it's been such a comfort for us."

Tibbetts, a 17-year-old junior, described putting the yearbook together after the tragedy as being a "balancing act."

"After the shooting we wanted that yearbook to be perfect and had to cover as much as possible."
"This year, we wanted to give proper representation of our school and who we are now without giving so much focus to what happened to us in the past. The therapy dogs are the one thing from last year that is permanent and positive."

The dogs often greeted the students in campus hallways and outside the cafeteria and lifted people's spirits, merely by their furry presence.

They continued emotionally supporting Parkland students and staff who grappled with the suicides of two Parkland teens, a slew of false fire alarms and the first anniversary of the shooting.

The puppy feature in the yearbook was a way to recognize these dependable animals, thanks to Lerner who came up with the idea.

"I told one of their handlers about it and next thing I know I had 15 dogs in the room. We sat them up on chairs, they were smiling for the camera. It was the greatest day of my life."

You would think therapy dogs would make you smile, but this lot sure do bring on the waterworks.

But for that, we're grateful.

Tibbetts explained how therapeutic it has been having the four-legged friends around campus.

"It was such a mood lifter. Including them was a really good representation of our school and what we have gone through. Seeing them is something we look forward to every day. These dogs are going to be there until the last of us are gone."

These dogs also proved to be expert photographic subjects during their photo sessions in October.

This year's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School yearbook theme is "It All Depends," and does not feature the victims who were in 2018's yearbook.

However, there are snippets of tributes and photos of memorials woven throughout the 2019 edition with the concept focusing more on a celebration.

Lerner said of her yearbook staff:

"It's hard to be here some days because of the trauma and reliving and revisiting things. I couldn't be prouder of my students and the yearbook they put together. Honestly, it's my favorite. We have a different perspective on things now, and it's not just a yearbook — it's a record of history."

If the dogs were under consideration for class superlatives, they most definitely would win for most popular and most adorable, paws-down.

sturti/Getty Images

Gender roles have evolved over time, which includes the roles of spouses in a "traditional marriage."

While the concept of traditional marriage is actually quite modern and differed in cultures around the world, most people envision the homes of sitcoms like Father Knows Best and Leave It to Beaver from the 1950s and early 1960s when they think of a traditional marriage.

Keep reading... Show less
Good Morning America // Good Morning America // @fisky76/Twitter

An Australian detective didn't have time for further questions when he suddenly stopped a press conference to go full-linebacker on a man sprinting past him.

Keep reading... Show less

If your life were a book, what would it be called? Everyone's story is special and unique (yeah it's cheesey but it's true), though we all have some experiences in common - like aging, or periods of depression, or newfound success.

Sarahdactyls asked Redditors, If your life was a book, what's the name of the chapter you are in right now?

Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.

Keep reading... Show less
Robert Marquardt / Stringer via Getty Images, u/NothappyJane, reddit

Bridesmaids aren't typically chosen via text message, but a viral reddit post just exposed the most awkward request ever to join someone's wedding party.

Keep reading... Show less
PA Real Life/Collect

A mum has praised the incredible bravery of her two little girls – struck down by an ultra-rare condition affecting less than one per cent of the population – which is turning their bodies to stone.

Keep reading... Show less
Laure three days after her second surgery which grafted skin from her forehead to her nose (Collect/PA Real Life)

A tanning addict who admits to soaking up sun without using protection for decades talked to Press Association about how a pink pimple on the end of her nose turned out to be sunbathing-induced skin cancer.

Her nose had to be covered using a radical technique known as a reconstructive skin flap, involving three operations in May and June, after Laure Seguy was diagnosed with skin cancer. She blames her tanning addiction and has now drastically overhauled her relationship with the sun.

Keep reading... Show less