Students Speak Out After Parkland Shooting

On February 14, 2018, a shooter entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 14 students and 3 adults. Grief enveloped the community, but instead of mourning quietly, the school’s students are vocal in their grief, calling on lawmakers and President Trump to ensure that there will never be another school shooting. Among the most influential of the students are seniors Emma Gonz├ílez and David Hogg, who have urged the government, unflinchingly, to do more than offer thoughts and prayers and “take some action.”

There have already been several school shootings in 2018, and students are frustrated. They are willing to take on the political responsibility and do what it takes to make the government take action against this trend of violence. Now, schools across the country are uniting in a call for change with a National School Walkout on March 14, planned to last 17 minutes to honor each of the 17 victims of the shooting. Students are politically alert, and they want change.