Happy Feb. 14, the day of love, happiness and celebration.
It is also a day of grief.
One year ago, 17 students and teachers walked into Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School and never left to go home to their families. They never got tonish their Valentine’s Day treatsor attend their Ash Wednesday services. They never got to see the next Thursday.
One year ago, an ex-student walked into the high school andopened re on innocent lives.
Seventeen families lost a loved one that day, but the entire coun- try mourned.
It’s not dif cult to imagine thatone of those victims could have been your mother, father, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, teacher, coach,friend, etc. And it shouldn’t mat- ter.
It shouldn’t matter whether ornot you think you were personally effected. You were.
This is your country. These are your schools. These are your children.
Don’t call yourself an American
if you can sympathize for these families.
Young students fear for their lives whenever their schools have a lockdown. When we were in elementary school, an alarm for
a drill meant we got to skip class and go outside for a few minutes.We didn’t have active-shooterdrills.
A year later, we must look back and remember the fallen. We must look and where we are now and access the situation.
Yesterday, Feb. 14, 2019, ashot was red on the grounds anAlbuquerque high school. Did you hear about it?
Chances are you haven’t heardabout most of the mass shootings that have taken place in past few months. American society has normalized this.
Maybe the hard news is justtoo much for us to bear. It’s notnecessarily fun to hear about death. Maybe we know that bytalking about it, we’ll have tohave the dreaded gun-controldebate. Maybe we’re just tired ofthe subject.
Well, too bad.
Remember this day.
Grief this day.
At the very least, acknowledge
that gun violence happens day af-ter day. Even if you don’t bring upthe gun-control issue, acknowl- edge that we have a problem.
Humans walking into a place of innocence and murdering other humans is not, nor will it ever be normal.
After the Parkland shooting, we saw teenagers take a stand
on the biggest issue the United States at the time. Teenagers who were barely of legal age to drive stood face-to-face with politi- cians, trying to make a difference.
It’s safe to say they did.
These students paved the way for other students who might have felt that just because they were seen as “kids” that they might not be taken seriously when discussing important issues.
The students of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School started a movement. Within even a few days of the shooting,
schools across the country pro- tested lawmakers inaction.
Students organized walkouts from as young as elementary school to high school. Somefaced the dif culty of being theone to take the stand at their school, and others had a major- ity of the student body backing them.
The students of Majorie Stone-man Douglas reignited a amethat sparked a revolution.
We will never forget the impactthey’ve had.
We will never forget the names that ended up on tombstones after that day.
We send condolences to those that had to bury their child, friend, parent, etc.
We hope that in the near fu- ture “thoughts and prayers” turn into change.