‘It’s where I fell in love with teaching’: SU professor taught at Parkland, FL high school

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A Syracuse University journalism professor who once guest taught at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School says it’s the place he “fell in love with teaching.” 

Les Rose, a veteran CBS News photographer, now teaches broadcast students at the Newhouse School.

“It just really hurt my heart,” Rose said. “And the fact that I didn’t lose anyone… was just pure luck.” 

Rose has a number of friends who still work at the high school. 

“When they said Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, I thought it just can’t be,” Rose said. “Because even for news people and regular people, too… it always happens in someplace you don’t know.”

Now, he’s hoping to use the shooting as a way to launch deeper discussions with his Syracuse classes about the power of journalism. 

“I want my students to take away from it that you still have to be fair no matter how you feel about the story,” Rose said. “But at the same time, you have to work twice as hard when it’s personal.”

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