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Florida Shooting: What happened? Why Kids Go To Governor!

Caitlin Rohr, staff

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       Imagine going to school, being dropped off by your mom or your dad and not realizing it was the last time you were going to see them. “I love you” they said. “I love you” you respond. But, little do you know, a few hours later, a madman with a gun will invade your campus and start shooting wildly. You see your friend get shot, and as you try to help get him/her to safety, you get shot. After a long time passes, help comes, but you know it is the end. “Goodbye,” you say, “I love you.”

       Many students had to go through this exact situation on Valentine’s Day. Seventeen students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were killed by a mentally shooter, Nikolas Cruz. Not only did he kill 17 people, he injured many others as well. As stated by http://time.com and www.cnn.com, Nikolas Cruz was a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He was expelled for disciplinary reasons. A few months ago, he decided to post a comment on YouTube saying, “I am going to become a professional school shooter.” The FBI noticed it and tried to make some connection to the person who posted it, and what time and place they were planning on doing the shooting. All they could dig up was the username: Nikolas Cruz. Then last week, for whatever reason, he decided to show up, and start shooting wildly at students using an AR- 15 rifle!! He then dropped his vest and gun and tried to blend in with the students evacuating. After “evacuating” he went to Subway to buy a drink and McDonalds for some food. He was then arrested coming out of the McDonalds and the case was halfway solved.

       Unfortunately, he targeted the freshman building and killed at least seven 14 year olds, and the rest were 15, 16, 17, and 18 year olds, along with a few teachers who saved the lives of dozens of students. Because of this tragedy, students decided to take things into their own hands. They are saying that adults, lawmakers, and President Trump are not taking the safety of students seriously enough and they needed to put stricter laws on gun control. Even a mom still grieving her daughter’s death glares at a news camera and starts screaming, “How do we allow a gunman to come into our children’s school? How do they get through security? What security is there? There’s no metal detectors. A gunman- a crazy person just walks right into the school, knocks down the window of my child’s door and starts shooting, shooting her and killing her. President Trump, you say, “What can you do?” You can stop the guns from getting into these children’s hands. Put metal detectors at every entrance to the schools. What can you do? You can do a lot… Do something. Action. We need it now. These kids need safety now.” Two other teenage girls went up to a Florida Representative and said, “We need action now. I watched my friends face get blown off. Another friend had a person bleed out on top of her and die!” So, with many other students like these, Florida high school students decided to travel to the governor, in Tallahassee, and demand safety, and action on gun control.

       According to www.cbsnews.com, 300 students boarded a bus and started their journey to Tallahassee to make their case. And, according to www.nytimes.com, not only were there students from Marjory Douglas calling out for help, but students from California, all the way to the tip of Florida, walked out of classes, stopped traffic, and made moving speeches calling for action. They traveled to the Tallahassee for many reasons, but the main one, was gun control. They wanted to try and make a statement by showing up at the governor’s office. Lawmaker’s recently tried to ban assault rifles.  But the motion failed, 36 to 71. After a few more weeks of debating, lawmakers finally got the governors of Vermont and Ohio to agree to tighter gun control. Students are still trying to get assault weapons banned or at least get some other laws passed that would make it safer for the students in school.  Students and parents never want to have to deal with something like this ever again. “We have stuff to say, and we won’t be silenced after a matter of days, or even weeks,” Sarah Chadwick, 16, a junior, said.

       This HORRIBLE tragedy has really opened the eyes of ton of teens along with other adults. We need tighter gun control and we need to really look out for the safety of children! These teens had to experience an actual school shooting, and it opened their eyes! How many more shootings is it going to take for us to realize we need tighter gun control and better security in our schools? There has been eight shootings at US schools this year alone, in 2018, and we are only 2 months into the year. Let’s not let another shooting happen. We can ensure this by creating a movement just like these teens. Join in, don’t stay away and do nothing. They are obviously calling out for help, so help them!

 

Click link for a very moving video of the grieving mom quoted above.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/15/

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