February 14, 2019

The South Florida Sun Sentinel met the first anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with a front page memorial. “We remember,” the headline reads, followed by images of the 17 victims in Parkland Florida. Here it is, via Newseum:

Newspapers in other cities have used their front pages to show solidarity and remember victims of mass shootings, both immediately after those shootings and on anniversaries. In 2016, on the day a year after 49 people were killed at Pulse, an LGBT night club in Orlando, the Orlando Sentinel used its front page for an editorial.

One year later, the Sentinel showed images of all of the victims.

In 2015, the Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, used its Sunday front page to memorialize the nine victims of a mass shooting at Emanuel AME, a historic black church.

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  • The Sun Sentinel is exploiting this tragedy and its survivors for its own selfish ends. If the paper wins a Pulitzer for this, it will have done so at the price of losing its soul and a reckless disregard for human decency.