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And, lastly, right this moment, whilst we have discovered of yet one more lethal mass capturing in our nation, this time in Illinois, we’re nonetheless remembering the tragedy in Parkland, Fla. Seventeen college students and workers members had been killed and one other 17 had been wounded one 12 months in the past. Annabel Claprood was a sophomore at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty then. She survived the occasions of final February 14 however struggles to beat the trauma. Jessica Bakeman of member station WLRN hung out with Annabel during the last 12 months and brings us her journey by the seasons.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: Chapter 1 – Winter.


JAKE TAPPER: I need to herald Annabel Quinn Claprood. She’s a sophomore. She was within the constructing whereas the capturing occurred, and he or she has a query for you.

JESSICA BAKEMAN, BYLINE: One week after 17 individuals died at her highschool, Annabel Claprood instructed the entire nation she would not return till it was protected.


ANNABEL CLAPROOD: Will my college campus is protected after I return? As a result of I plan to not return till I do know that one thing goes to vary.


A. CLAPROOD: And I am not the one one.



BAKEMAN: She was speaking to Congressman Ted Deutch throughout the CNN City Corridor on February 21, final 12 months. Just a few days later, Annabel requested Florida state lawmakers the identical query after she and others rode seven hours on a bus to Tallahassee to foyer on the state capitol.


A. CLAPROOD: My title’s Annabel Claprood.

BAKEMAN: Annabel – she goes by Annie – spoke at a committee assembly a couple of college security and gun management invoice lawmakers had been contemplating.


A. CLAPROOD: And the one factor that I undoubtedly do not need to be returning to high school is having my trainer have a gun.

BAKEMAN: Later, she instructed them what occurred to her.


A. CLAPROOD: Twelve days in the past, 18 hours and 56 minutes in the past, I used to be on the ground scared for my life as a result of somebody walked into my college with an automated weapon. Somebody my age should not have seen what I’ve seen. I should not have needed to step over my associates to depart the constructing.

BAKEMAN: The invoice authorised by the Florida legislature let some college workers carry weapons however lecturers not but. The day after her testimony, Annie was on a bus headed dwelling. On the similar time, Marjory Stoneman Douglas was beginning courses once more.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: Chapter 2 – Spring.

BAKEMAN: Nothing the adults did may persuade Annabel she was protected in school. She wasn’t happy with the safety presence she noticed on campus, though the superintendent mentioned they greater than tripled the variety of guards. Annie took a video along with her telephone in school and despatched it to her mother.


A. CLAPROOD: Properly, I am leaving class 5 minutes early simply to point out that simply because it is dismissal, there’s completely no one guarding this space proper right here.

BAKEMAN: Annie reveals the primary courtyard on campus at Marjory Stoneman Douglas – empty. Annie ended up staying dwelling loads throughout the second half of final college 12 months.

A. CLAPROOD: Going into college, I’d’ve by no means thought the place may I disguise after I stand right here, ? Like, and it is now – like, I’ve to know the place I will go as a result of, on this world, the adults will not be defending us.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: Chapter three – Summer time.


A. CLAPROOD: Good morning. That is the workplace of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz workplace. How could I assist you to?

BAKEMAN: Annie did an internship along with her congresswoman between her sophomore and junior years.

A. CLAPROOD: OK. Simply give me one second. I will put you on maintain.

BAKEMAN: She was impressed by that lobbying journey to the Florida Capitol again in late February.

A. CLAPROOD: Generally, some individuals want a little bit push, and I believe that I can provide that to them. I undoubtedly need to return to Tallahassee. That is not a query (laughter).


BAKEMAN: Annie has one other new curiosity because the capturing at her highschool.


BAKEMAN: Horses.


A. CLAPROOD: You spit in my face.

BAKEMAN: I met her at a barn in Parkland, the place she was volunteering over the summer season. It was a scorching day, and Annie was attempting to get the horses out of the solar and into their stalls. She struggled to lock a halter round a horse’s neck.

A. CLAPROOD: Ow, I simply punched myself. It is – that is the issue. As a result of I am quick…


A. CLAPROOD: …It makes it actually exhausting for me to succeed in over their heads. I did it.

BAKEMAN: Spending time with horses made Annie really feel peaceable and joyful. She thought it will assist her maintain going again to Stoneman Douglas.

A. CLAPROOD: I undoubtedly suppose that it will relieve some stress from going there.


UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: Chapter four – Fall.

A. CLAPROOD: In the beginning of this college 12 months, Stoneman Douglas had a giant drawback. The fireplace alarm saved going off, and it was reminding survivors of final February 14.

A. CLAPROOD: Once I hear the fireplace alarms, I really feel like I am within the 1200 constructing once more, and it is taking place over again.

BAKEMAN: The shooter’s gunfire set off the alarms in that constructing. That despatched college students into the hallway towards hazard when they need to have been sheltered inside lecture rooms. The alarm has gone off, unexpectedly, greater than a half-dozen instances this college 12 months.

A. CLAPROOD: I fully hyperventilated and had a whole panic assault in the course of class. Then, they took me all the way down to the wellness heart, and I walked right into a room full of children that had the very same factor.

BAKEMAN: The varsity’s wellness heart is a spot the place college students can go to see therapists in the event that they’re struggling. Annie mentioned in September, about six weeks after college began up once more, she could not think about getting the identical type of help or understanding anyplace else.

A. CLAPROOD: I do not know. I do not really feel like giving up. And I really feel like leaving the college is a means of giving up since you do not need to combat. And I believe it is value preventing for.

BAKEMAN: Annabel’s mother, Elyse Claprood, wasn’t so optimistic. Each day, when her daughter went to high school…

ELYSE CLAPROOD: You are terrified as a result of you do not know what is going on to occur to them that day, and you do not know if you are going to see them once more, day by day.

BAKEMAN: How do you deal with that?

E. CLAPROOD: I’ve a monitoring system on her (laughter).


BAKEMAN: You imply in her telephone?



UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: Chapter 5 – Winter, once more.

BAKEMAN: Final December, a Florida fee investigating the capturing voted for a polarizing suggestion – let lecturers carry weapons. This modified all the pieces for Annabel Claprood. Keep in mind what she instructed lawmakers earlier.


A. CLAPROOD: The one factor that I undoubtedly do not need to be returning to high school is having my trainer have a gun.

BAKEMAN: When Annabel heard that Florida lecturers may quickly be armed, she walked into her mother’s room late one evening and mentioned I am not going again.

A. CLAPROOD: I am leaving there as a result of I simply do not feel protected.

BAKEMAN: Just a few weeks in the past, Annabel withdrew from Marjory Stoneman Douglas. And it isn’t simply the college the place she feels that worry.

A. CLAPROOD: I really feel it all over the place. That is the place my thoughts goes the minute I stroll into a brand new place as a result of I’ve discovered the world shouldn’t be a pleasant place. And I’ve to learn to take care of it.

BAKEMAN: Just lately, Annie began at a small personal college, the place the courses are principally on-line. She has a good friend there who additionally left Stoneman Douglas. The brand new college is close to a hospital.

A. CLAPROOD: There are a variety of sirens going by. I used to be alone with a lady who went to Douglas, and he or she noticed me, like, them. She’s like, it bothers you to, proper? Like, it is simply that type of stuff I do know that she understands. So I simply really feel higher there.

BAKEMAN: Higher however not like earlier than.

A. CLAPROOD: Annabel from a 12 months in the past remains to be within the 1200 constructing, and he or she’s not going to return out. After that, I simply – (crying) I wasn’t Annabel anymore, and I wanted to seek out myself once more. So I took that summer season, and I took the time to essentially construct myself once more and actually be a brand new individual. It is compelled me to develop up, and it taught me to be robust. It tore me down, and I needed to construct myself up.

BAKEMAN: Annabel Claprood spent the anniversary of the capturing on Thursday studying to elementary college college students with a Stoneman Douglas librarian and the college’s personal remedy canine, River. Then, like a variety of different survivors right here, she and her mother left to go to household out of city.

For NPR Information, I am Jessica Bakeman in Coral Springs, Fla. Transcript supplied by NPR, Copyright NPR.