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Parkland School Tragedy

Parkland School Tragedy

Marking One Year Since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting

Nichols College Quarterback Remembers Classmates Killed in Parkland Shooting

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    Nichols Student From Parkland Remembers Tragedy

    A student at Nichols College in Massachusetts, who survived the mass shooting at his high school in Parkland, Florida, remembers the attack one year later.

    (Published Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019)

    On a Wednesday afternoon in February 2018, Tyler Goodman stepped out of class to meet with Nichols College athletic recruiters. Moments later, a shooter stormed into his school and opened fire, killing 17 people, including his coach and close friends.

    Goodman, who was a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, when the shooting happened a year ago, said he still has nightmares about that day.

    "It still hurts me thinking about it," he said. "It hurts every time I think about it. It hurts when I dream about it."

    Goodman said he also remembers the terrifying moment when he locked eyes with the suspected shooter, Nikolas Cruz, in the middle of the chaos.

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    "Nik Cruz ran right by us and looked at us and kind of smirked a little bit and kept going," he recalled.

    Goodman is a quarterback on the Nichols football team, and the number on his jersey — 17 — is no coincidence.

    "I go out every day knowing I have 17 people watching me, so if I mess up, I'm messing up for them, and I'm messing up for their families back home, and I don't want to do that," he said.

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