Published: Sun, March 04, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Moment of silence for Stoneman Douglas victims 17 days after shooting

Moment of silence for Stoneman Douglas victims 17 days after shooting

Here's what legislators need to understand about the high school students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and teenagers in general. The students say now is the time to act on gun control.

Everytown President John Feinblatt says students are making history and demanding that elected officials protect them.

"We kind of decided we're exhausted of feeling like we can't do anything", said 16-year-old Mai Canning, one of the handful of students at Bethesda's Walter Johnson High School behind the effort. Everyone was impacted, but some, like Siccone, were extremely close to the gunfire in the freshman building on campus, which remains cordoned off.

"We all share the responsibility to serve our students and to advocate for their safety and welfare while in an educational setting", the organization said in the letter. None of this is possible in an environment in which those charged with educating children are also charged with being prepared to execute another human being - especially a human being who is, in 85 percent of secondary school shooting cases, a child. A nearby woman held a sign offering "free kisses".

Of the school, she said: "We're going to come back stronger than ever".

Wind received attention for his rejoinder to President Trump's response to the shooting, in which he urged the president to make gun laws stricter. The principal would announce that there was an intruder and everyone should take shelter. What would it take for him to support gun reform?

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There was still a noticeable police presence, with officers stationed at every corner of the high school. The heavy weapons rattled some students. February 20th, students banded together to the state capital, Tallahassee, to speak with legislators to ban assault rifles. The NRA "wants more people just like this, with that exact firearm, to scare more people and sell more guns", he added.

David Hogg, a senior who has become one of the most outspoken survivors of the shooting, compared coming back to the school to repeatedly boarding a crashed plane. Among them: documents on a mentoring program aimed at keeping juveniles out of jail.

In coordination with a few local organizations, some are planning a local March For Our Lives. "Arming teachers does nothing to prevent that".

Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie offered a message of hope in a tweet on Wednesday morning.

So concerned were the officials at Southwestern High School in Shelbyville, Indiana, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in CT that they agreed to an Indiana Sheriff's Association security program, according to USA Today.

Alexis Grogan, a 15-year-old sophomore, was concerned that it might be too soon to go on as usual without slain friends such as Luke Hoyer, who sat two seats behind her in Spanish class.

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