In the week that has passed since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the students who were there are still here. Beginning with David Hogg, a student journalist, interviewing his classmates while they took cover during the shooting, these students are making sure their stories and voices remain heard in the national conversation around gun violence.
Together, the students have organized a multi-pronged approach - a social media campaign using #NeverAgain; a trip to the state capital to speak with the Attorney General; a national school walkout on March 24th.
“Every single person up here today, all these people should be home grieving."
-Emma Gonzalez, speaking at an anti-gun rally on Saturday
Let's reiterate: this has been organized by students who witnessed a mass shooting of their peers and friends in less than a week. Under unimaginably difficult circumstances, students like Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, Sarah Chadwick, Alfonso Calderon, Jaclyn Corin, have created a movement of students asking tough questions and demanding change happens. They're done waiting for adults to find a solution because, as we can see, waiting means more lives are lost.
Read more about how these students are pushing us all to do more:
- Buzzfeed explains how, exactly, these students have organized so quickly and effectively: "Someone built a website, while another person designed a logo."
- Teen Vogue tells us how Parkland students are asking the questions adults have been too afraid to ask.
- People highlights Emma Gonzalez and her speech over the weekend.
- And The New Yorker reveals the origins of the #NeverAgian movement.
Are you tired of reading about gun violence? Inspired by the Parkland students courage to stand up and take action during the hardest moments of their lives? Angry about inaction by adults?