The shooting in Parkland Florida was a terrifying, devastating event. Some students lost their friends. Others lost teachers and staff. Time.com says, “The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week left 17 students and staff dead — and replaced the 1999 Columbine High School massacre as the deadliest high school shooting in America.” The students, parents, teachers, and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school have had enough. In the shooting, seventeen victims died, and fourteen were injured. Five out of the fourteen injured were left with life-threatening injuries.
How Did All This Start?
The perpetrator responsible for seventeen deaths and injured victims was not even a student at the school. The perpetrator, Nikolas Cruz, was said to have been expelled from the high school for disciplinary issues. Cruz, nineteen, carried with him a “black duffel bag and backpack, where he hid loaded magazines,” NYTimes.com states. On Wednesday, February 14, he took an Uber to the school. After going into five classroom and many hallways, constantly shooting his AR-15, he discarded his weapons and blended in with the worried, fleeing students. “After leaving the school, Cruz walked to a Walmart and bought a drink at a Subway. He also stopped at a McDonald’s. He was arrested by the police without incident as he walked down a residential street at 3:41 PM,” NYTimes.com tells their horrified readers. Nikolas Cruz has been charged with seventeen murders and has been presented with the video evidence to ensure he never leaves jail.
How Did The Students React To the Shooting?
One out of the seventeen victims killed by Cruz included the football coach and athletic director, Aaron Feis. “The football team, gathered separately nearby, forming and locking hands before praying for a coach and athletic director who was killed,” nytimes.com explains. The students and staff still suffer from their many losses. The victims ranged from 14-49 years old. Valentine’s Day was still a day of love in Parkland, Florida, but their love came out in tears.
What was the Columbine High Massacre?
The Columbine High massacre was replaced as the deadliest high school shooting by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. The Columbine High Massacre only had some 13 deaths and 24 injured while in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, 17 were killed and 14.
The Columbine High Massacre happened on April 20, 1999. For almost 20 years, the Columbine High Massacre was the deadliest high school shooting. The students responsible for the massacre were Dylan Klebold at the age of 17 and Eric Harris at the age of 18. The two students had had a past of violence which included stealing and were sent to the juvenile diversion program. Klebold and Harris threatened to kill people based on their shirt color and if they were wearing a hat. April 20, 1999, bombs and guns were going off all over Columbine High School. The shooting stopped when Klebold and Harris decided to take their own life at 12:08 in the Library by shooting themselves in the head. “The pair made home videos before the attack making references to what they were going to do and apologizing to their parents for it,” CNN states.
Lots of students lost friends that day, and the students of Columbine High School will never forget this horrific event.
Students Responses to These Events
CNN responds, “Students around the United States are walking out of class to demand tougher gun laws in response to last week’s deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida, but some schools are threatening them with harsh punishments.”
“”Life is all about choices, and every choice has a consequence whether it be positive or negative. We will discipline no matter if it is one, fifty, or five hundred students involved. All will be suspended for 3 days, and parent notes will not alleviate the discipline,” Superintendent Curtis Rhodes said in a statement posted on the Needville High School Facebook page.”
Many universities are coming out on social media to assure these students that their admittance to their campuses will not be denied due suspension over their participation in this event.
Students refuse while people watch and let these shootings happen. Taking a stand is the only way to make sure their voice is heard for some of these students.
The Walk Out
“Many of the survivors, thousands of teenagers who used social media to document the horror, aren’t waiting for the adults to make changes to prevent the next school shooting.
They’re taking matters into their own hands and advocating for stricter gun control laws and more mental health resources for treating troubled peers.”
Now March 14 is not only important because it is Pi day, but it will also be the walkout day for schools all over America.
The walkout is to advocate “for stricter gun-control laws and more mental health resources for treating troubled peers”(time.com). Students are not going to wait around and let the adults handle everything. The students want to make sure that their classmates and themselves are safe from any harm concerning guns at their school.
Here are what some of the students are saying:
- Enough is Enough
- We will not be next
- Public School Students Matter
- Education is our right
- #Never Again
- Money killed my friends
- Guns don’t kill people legislators do
- Fear has no place in our schools (Most common)
Students have been writing these quotes and phrase on posters and protesting outside their schools.
How Do I Participate in the Walkout?
If you are given permission by your school administrators or staff to participate in the walkout you can. However, the walkout is all about your opinion. If you want the gun laws to become stricter, stand up and make sure your voice is heard. If you do not think the gun laws need to be changed, you don’t have to participate in the walkout.
The walkout will take place on March, 14 at your school at 10 a.m. Students who want to participate will walk for 17 minutes to honor the 17 lives that were taken in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. The Women’s March’s Youth EMPOWER Group encourages students, staff, administrators, and teachers to take a stand and help them win the battle of getting stricter gun laws all over the US. “Students and staff have the right to teach and learn in an environment free from the worry of being gunned down in their classrooms or on their way home from school,” according to the site,” says time.com.