On February 14th, 2018, Parkland Florida was struck by an absolute tragedy. A 19 year old MAN (Not a child, a man) shot and killed 17 people, Alyssa, Scott, Martin, Nicholas, Aaron, Jamie, Chris, Luke, Cara, Gina, Joaquin, Alaina, Meadow, Helena, Alex, Carmen and Peter in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 12 other students suffered injuries from gunshot wounds as well. This took place near the end of the school day on Valentines day but before even 24 hours passed, students of MSD jumped into action. These students have inspired me in so many ways, here is what we can we can learn from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting.
Sometimes “See Something, Say Something” Fails.
As most of us have heard, the shooter had been reported to the police and the FBI over 20 times. He had been psychiatrically evaluated and proven to show signs of mental illness, He had been outcast by his peers due to his behaviour, expelled from school, violent with other students, disturbing social media posts, the list goes on. He had even been reported that he was at high risk of conducting a school shooting. It’s absolutely beyond me why nothing could have been done to prevent this when they had so much information on the tragic state of this man. So why would we ‘Say Something’ if it doesn’t do anything anyway? Well, although clearly protocols were not followed in this situation, that does not mean we give up. I can’t stress enough how important it is to make sure somehow information is relayed to police when you see signs of danger within a student or peer. As scary as it can be to contact police, you could be saving lives. Or maybe not, maybe nothing will come of it and you were wrong all along, maybe there was nothing truly ‘wrong’ with this person BUT its worth the time and effort in case your gut instinct is right.
High School students have far more potential than just being “Millennials”
We’ve all heard the stereotypes and assumptions about this generation. We’re all on our phones, addicted to screens, lack motivation, won’t amount to much, the list really does go on. At times I agreed with a lot of these things, but these students have created a whirlwind of education, emotion and pure motivation that I have never seen before. Their genuine drive to create change is truly inspiring and something that everyone can learn from. Its not easy to go through what they went through then jump right into interviews, political debates and potential life changing discussions, but thats exactly what these students have done. Which brings me to my next point…
Change can happen.
Dick’s Sporting Goods has released a statement announcing that they will no longer be selling assault style riffles and will not be selling ANY gun to anyone under the age of 21, regardless of state laws. The chief executive of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Edward Stacks stated “We don’t want to be a part of this any longer.” It was also stated that this is a direct act due to the Parkland Shooting. This is concrete proof that if you diligently act towards an issue that you’re passionate about, change will come. For the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, remaining the same was not an option. Its been 2 weeks since the shooting happened and change is already happening. As people we can keep pushing and keep demanding action. Whether you live in a place where gun violence is a prominent issue, or its something you’ve never had a personal connection to, you can create change for our world.
There is hope.
Overall, there is hope. I know sometimes it doesn’t seem like it and sometimes it feels like the world couldn’t get any worse, but there is hope. There are people out there that care about human beings and care about the state of humanity. Those are the people that will change our world for the better. Love will always win. Keep pushing, keep feeling and keep fighting for what you believe in and don’t stop no matter how long it takes.
The 17 victims who lost their lives… Alyssa Alhadeff, Scott Beigel, Martin Duque Anguiano, Nicholas Dworet , Aaron Feis, Jamie Guttenberg, Christopher Hixon, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsay, Alexander Schachter, Carmen Schentrup and Peter Wang.
Please remember these people are not just numbers, statistics and faces. These are real people with real lives. If you want to know more about the victims lives, watch the video below.
Rest In Peace.
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