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School Shootings: A Student’s Perspective

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Caroline Franklin, Editor-in-chief

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The Eagle Edition expresses our utmost sympathies to the student body, parents, friends, teachers, administrators, family, and victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It goes without saying that no amount of sympathy can ever reverse what happened yesterday, February 14. Nobody can bring back those who lost their lives, and condolences can only go so far.

I suppose I am lucky to say that I have never felt threatened in school. All of us who have never been terrified in an environment that is meant to foster education and well-being are lucky. It’s twisted to think that horror in school is normal now. As of now, February 15, the United States of America has experienced 18 school shootings. In the rest of the world, 18 school shootings have happened over 20 years. We are 36 days into 2018. If you do the math, that is one school shooting every other day: a one in two chance that tragedy can occur at any time. President Donald Trump stated yesterday via twitter that “No child, teacher, or anyone else should feel unsafe in an American school.” The students at the following schools have suffered unspeakable tragedy this year:

January 3, East Olive Elementary School in St. John’s, Michigan.

January 4, New Start High School in Seattle, Washington.

January 10, Coronado Elementary School in Sierra Vista, Arizona.

January 10, California State University in San Bernardino, California.

January 10, Grayson College Criminal Justice Center in Denison, Texas.

January 15, Wiley College in Marshall, Texas.

January 20, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

January 22, The NET Charger High School, Gentilly, Louisiana.

January 23, Marshall County High School, Benton, Kentucky.

January 25, Murphy High School, Mobile, Alabama.

January 26, Dearborn High School, Dearborn, Michigan.

January 31, Lincoln High School, Pennsylvania.

February 1, Salvador B. Castro Middle School, Los Angeles, California.

February 5, Oxon Hill High School, Oxon Hill, Maryland.

February 5, Harmony Learning Center, Maplewood Minnesota.

February 8, Metropolitan High School, New York, New York.

February 14, Stoneman Douglas High School, Broward, Florida.

Many will argue that tragedies like this are the price Americans have to pay for freedom. The right to bear arms is indeed granted to the American citizens in The Constitution, but, the price of human lives, is too high.

The events of yesterday led to the deadliest school shooting in American history, since Columbine. “Please! We are children,” says David Hogg, a survivor of the Stoneman shooting, “You guys are adults. Take action, work together, come over your politics, and get something done.”

Many other students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are demanding action.  Morgan Williams, a student at the school writes “I cannot stop hearing the gun as he walked down my hallway. I cannot unsee my classmates who were shot and carried out by the police.” Many other students at the school located in Parkland, Florida, took to twitter to use their voices. Sarah, whose last name remains private, has been tweeting under the handle @chaddiedabaddie to demand action from lawmakers. Melissa Falkowski, another student says “We did everything we were trained to do in active shooter drills, and we still had mass casualties. I blame the government for not keeping us safe.”

#Gun Reform Now has been trending on Twitter since the accident. The social media site has proved useful in its ability to share information, as many people have located family members through the app.

Now, I would like for lawmakers to see this from a student’s perspective. I’m in my literature class, discussing a text with my peers. We’re having a great time. I’m enjoying the literature. I am still scared. When I came into school this morning I was almost too afraid to cross the threshold. My teachers have sat us down and told us how much they value our safety, and somehow it doesn’t feel like enough. The knowledge that if someone really wants a gun it is easy enough to obtain is unsettling. I should be able to expect that I will go home today. I should have the right to know that I will hug my parents tonight, but I don’t. It might not happen. But it could. It fills me with dread to know that.

At the Eagle Edition, we are good friends. We support each other. We debate, we talk, and we laugh. We enjoy our time together. These kids, our staff, mean the world to me. They mean the world to Foster, my co-editor, and Dr. Power, our advisor. They are our future. We are the future. I can’t understand why no action was taken after Sandy Hook, Pulse Nightclub, Las Vegas, and I surely won’t be able to believe it if no action is taken by the government after this unspeakable tragedy. I want lawmakers to understand that protecting us is protecting the future.

The Broward County Superintendent has stated that the students would like sensible gun control as compensation for this shooting. And I think I speak for every student in America when I say, so do we.

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