by Kalie Sommerfeld
In the first nine weeks of 2018, there were 14 school shootings alone. I’m going to state that again: in the first nine weeks of 2018 there were 14 school shootings. Here is breakdown:
In Winston Salem, California a football player was shot at a campus party at Wake Forest University, resulting in his death.
A sixteen year old opened fire in the cafeteria, wounding a fifteen year old girl at a high school in Italy, Texas.
A fifteen year old student began shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky.
A fight broke out at Lincoln High School in Philadelphia ending in gun shots and injuring a thirty-five year old man.
A twelve year old girl possessing a firearm shot four students at Sal Castro Middle School in Los Angeles, California, believed to be an “unintentional” shooting.
A high school student was shot in his school parking lot by two of his own peers in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
A high school student was shot in the school parking lot five times by a fourteen year old student.
A 19-year old opened fire on Majority Stoneman Douglas Parkland, killing 17 students and teachers.
A shooting at Savannah State University in Savannah, Georgia led to the death of one person.
A shooting took place at the recreation center at Mississippi Valley State University In Itta Bena, Mississippi, injuring one person.
On the same day, a student at Norfolk State University in Virginia was shot in his dorm from the dorm neighboring his.
At Central Michigan University, two people, who were not students there, were shot and killed.
A student was shot and injured in his dorm at Jackson State University in Mississippi.
Another “accidental” shooting took place on March 7th when someone opened fire at Huffman High School in Birmingham, Alabama, killing one and critically injuring another.
Within the first two and a half months of 2018, there has been an average of one and a half school shootings a week. What is even scarier is that these horrific shooting have been taking place everywhere! The deaths of students around the country from gun violence have touched me personally; I have a new sense a fear and grief. Earlier this school year, my brother’s school went into lockdown. Everything was okay and there was no active shooter on campus, but the fear that I have felt since that day is indescribable for that brief moment when my mind immediately assumed the worst. No one should have to think that way or immediately assume the worst. No one should have to go through the pain of loosing someone they love. No one should have to be afraid to go to school.
Here are some small steps we can take to demand this change:
After the Majority Stoneman Douglas school shooting, students stepped up in a time filled with such grief to make a change so that no one will ever have to go through what they went through ever again.
Within the first twelve hours of the shooting, students were interviewed and demanded that action must be taken to toughen gun control laws. It is amazing to see this students speak out and take action for something they believe in and here are just a few examples:
Student Samantha Deitsch, fifteen year student at Majority Stoneman High School, wrote a poem to call attention to what happened that day:
Emma Gonzalez, speaks out about the issue. Click on the link to hear her powerful words:
In addition to strongly speaking out about the issue, the students at Stoneman Majority High School have organized a March on Washington to protest guns on March 24th.
Also, tomorrow, March 14, they have organized a National School Walkout. Students around the country who wish to participate will walk out of class at 10am and remain there for 17 minutes, honoring the lives of the students who were lost in the shooting at Stoneman Majority High School.
This walkout is one small step we can participate in to help create a change, to speak up and demand action, so that we as students will never have to go through what so many students just like us have. I encourage you all to participate, and continue to use your voice for what you believe in. As you can see from the students at Stoneman Majority High School, it really makes a difference, and hopefully with the continued efforts we all make we can draw greater attention to this issue and see a change.