Month: March 2018
On the dreadful morning of February 14th, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were attacked by a lone gunman, 19 year-old Nikolas Cruz. He took 17 lives that day and is currently on trial for 17 counts of premeditated murder.
Cruz entered the high school on the east side of the freshman building. He proceeded to pull the fire alarm, getting students to flee their classrooms. He grabbed his AR-15 assault rifle and started shooting into the classrooms full of exiting students and teachers.
The shooting has struck the lives of many families in the Parkland, Florida community. The loss of 17 lives has motivated the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. Many students are now protesting gun control and the NRA’s decision to sell semi automatic weapons like the AR-15. Students are also protesting the accessories, such as bump stocks, that make semi automatic weapons mimic the rate of fire of fully automatic weapons.
The students are already starting to see success. Last week, bump stocks were banned.
“We want common sense gun laws. We want stronger mental health checks and background checks to work in conjunction. We want a better age limit,” stated Delaney Tarr, a 17-year-old senior from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. She also explains “We want privatized selling to be completely reformed so you can’t just walk into a building with $130 and walk out with an AR-15.”
Logan Smith, a Sophomore at Century High School, put it in his perspective. “I think the students are fighting for gun control, which is really good. We need to make sure that dangerous weapons don’t get into the hands of mentally unstable people.”
“I think you need to be 21 and have a full on mental health screening to be able to purchase a gun. I feel like AR-15s are not necessary for the common population. Students sharing their voice is amazing, we are the next future of America and it’s time to make some change,” stated Olivia Boone, a Sophomore at Century High School.
The Never Again movement has started a wildfire that has only spread faster and farther. More students are getting informed.
According the New Yorker, many students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas are the leaders of this powerful movement. The students are not letting their voices be silenced by anyone including peers, adults and lawmakers.
Though the response isn’t always positive. Criticizers have accused students sharing their dreadful stories as being “Crisis Actors.” These conspiracy theories revolve around seeing the same student or parent on the news at different mass shootings or attending different high schools. One student in particular by the name of David Hogg has been a giant point of speculation.
A Facebook user by the name of Mike Fair has pointed out on sight that “So called student, but actually CRISIS ACTOR, David Hogg was on camera months ago, pretending to be a student in California . Now suddenly he is a high school student in Florida ???”
These accusations have not hindered the students in anyway. “I’m someone who had to witness this and live through this and I continue to be having to do that,” stated David Hogg. “I’m not acting on anybody’s behalf,” the 17-year-old added.
The focus of the protest is safety and change.
The nationwide “March for our lives” protest began with O’Fallon High School students. According to Bellville News, an OTHS senior, Daniel, stated that he felt “mad” when he first heard news of the Parkland school shooting. He and several of his classmates wanted to take their anger and transform it into something positive.
The O’Fallon Township High School students will lead the local end of a worldwide event on Saturday, March 24 as part of an effort to end school shootings and violence. The protest will last 17 minutes in respect to the 17 students and staff that lost their lives.
Century High School students are forming their peaceful walkout that will take place on Wednesday, March 14th at 10:00 a.m. This will occur during a Day 2 Period 1 class.
Will you be participating in the March For Our Lives?
By Bailey Racine
This past Valentine’s Day, a school shooting occurred in Parkland, Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. A walkout is planned to honor the people who died and to fight for better gun laws. School shootings should be seldom.
On March 14th, the National School Walkout is planned to happen at 10:00 a.m. across every time zone. Teachers, students, and staff are encouraged to walkout for 17 minutes, one minute to honor every person that died during the Parkland shooting. The walkout is an act, it means more than words and prayers.
The Women’s March Youth EMPOWER says, “Students and allies are organizing the national school walkout to demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship.”
It also states that students have the right to go to school and learn without worrying. And parents should be able to send their kids off to school without the thought that that might the last time that they see their kids.
People are encouraged to join, the slogan being #ENOUGH.
A Century High School Freshman, who wanted to stay anonymous stated, “We should be allowed to participate in the walkout, but don’t leave school grounds.”
The next walkout is planned for March 24th. It is called the March for Our Lives and it will be happening in Washington D.C.
March For Our Lives states, “Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear.” This march is led and inspired by kids, especially those from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The last planned walkout is the National High School Walkout on April 20th at 10:00 a.m. (across every time zone). April 20th is the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting where twelve students and one teacher were killed. At the march people are asked to wear orange to honor the people that died.
The National School Walkout has a petition they would like people to sign. If you would like to sign it go to the Change.org petition. They are hoping for 50,000 signatures.
While three walk outs are already planned, some people want to see more.
A Century High School Freshman, who wanted to stay anonymous stated,“We have enough awareness, now we need an actual change.”
These walkouts could make an actual change, but if they do, why has it taken us so long to fight and make a change?
According to the LA Times, it has been a generation since congress passed a gun control law. If you don’t feel safe coming to school and you want to see an actual change you should think about participating in one of the walkouts and fight for the safety of you and others.