Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting Survivors Take a Stand

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On Febuary 21, 2018, several students of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida came together with Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Bill Nelson, and Rep. Ted Deutch, as well as Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch, to discuss the issue of gun control and gun laws in the United States today. The premise of the meeting was not only to discuss these topics, but also to give the students, faculty, and staff of the school a chance to ask questions of their representatives in the hopes of coming to some sort of agreement about the state of gun safety in the United States and possibilities for changing or modifying them going forward in light of the massacre at Stoneman Douglas and all of the other recent school shootings.

For me, this town hall meeting was extremely important and necessary. It gave a chance for true democracy to take place; real people were able to talk about their real concerns and not have to wonder if a representative will ever hear them. The representatives were, for the most part, able to provide answers to the questions that were asked and even give consolation, closure, and reassurance that every voice can and should be heard concerning this topic.

For us here at Prep, this is a reminder that we need to stand in solidarity with these real people, many of whom are our age, who went through a terrible tragedy and are using their voices to initiate change in our government, country, and even our world. We as well can use our voices and make change if we are motivated enough to do so. This week, on March 14th, we will be hosting a walk-out at 10:00 AM to stand together with everyone who has been a victim or survivor of a school shooting. We will meet in the Abbey Church and have seventeen minutes of silence to honor the seventeen victims of the Stoneman Douglas shooting, followed by discussion to ensure that this time will have been the last time.

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