In an interview with Paige Curry, a student at Santa Fe High School, states that she was not surprised by the shooting at her school. She clarified that yes the situation is heartbreaking, but it’s nothing new. It’s been happening everywhere and people are ignorant to think that it wouldn’t happen at their own school. It’s hard to believe that this is how kids have to think now. I understand where she’s coming from when she said she wasn’t surprised. If there was a shooting at Sage Creek I don’t think I would be surprised either. As a student, I definitely sympathise with Paige Curry and my heart goes out to all the victims of all of the shootings. The only thing that can lift us out of the never ending pit of death and unfairness is reforms and stricter gun laws. "Santa Fe High School Student Says the Shooting Wasn't Surprising." ELLE, 18 May 2018, www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/a20748503/santa-fe-high-school-shooting-student-interview/.
‘Save Me’ is a song by Tyler Jenkins that he wrote as part of the National School Walkout against gun violence. The song is sung through the perspective of a victim of a school shooting. It impactfully portrays the feelings of being a victim to such a heavy, unescapable tragedy. In the song he says “I tried to run away, but where do you go when the world that you know is unsafe”. The students who are now risking their lives to attend school have nowhere to seek shelter. Everything is unsafe. Personally, I really felt the impact of this song. The lyrics are so emotional and desperate. To me this song is just one of many portrayals of the need for change and reforms. "National School Walkout: "Save Me"." YouTube, 14 Mar. 2018, youtu.be/eIR7G3O1d5I.
This political cartoon is an image of a man carrying a young girl to the “NRA hospital” where the only two doors are labeled “thoughts” and “prayers”. The message of the cartoon is the lack of support from the NRA on the subject of school shootings and gun laws. The NRA has given their thoughts and prayers to the victims of the school shootings but have done nothing to change gun laws. To me this cartoon is really impactful because it’s upfront with the fact that children are dying and there’s nowhere to go to for help. The people who are supposed to be doing everything they can to make everything fair and just are failing to do so. Sure, thoughts and prayers are nice, but thoughts and prayers won’t stop students from being mercilessly murdered. "Cartoons: Florida School Shooting Elicits ‘thoughts and Prayers’." The Mercury News, 18 Feb. 2018, www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/17/cartoons-florida-school-shooting-elicits-thoughts-and-prayers/.
These photos portray the aftermaths of shootings and omit the intenseness of the situation. The common emotion between all these photos is heartbreaking sadness and loss. You can clearly see on the faces of the subjects the sheer horror and disbelief that follows a tragedy as large as a school shooting. They’re mourning the loss of students whose lives had not even really began yet and children who had their entire future taken away from them. Upon seeing these photos, my heart broke for the people who lost their loved ones. Seeing the photos also made me realize the fragility of life. It’s not fair that the ones who can’t protect their lives are subject to such horrors. Things need to change. "Deer Creek Middle School Shooting." Small Town Photojournalism, 11 Mar. 2010, smalltownphotojournalism.com/2010/02/23/covering-school-shootings/. "A Student Survivor Recounts the Mass Shooting at Santa Fe High School." The New Yorker, www.newyorker.com/news/as-told-to/a-student-survivor-recounts-the-mass-shooting-at-santa-fe-high-school. "Sheriffs Had Received About 20 Calls Regarding Shooting Suspect." Time, 14 Feb. 2018, time.com/5158678/what-to-know-about-the-active-shooter-situation-at-florida-high-school/.
Seventeen year old Cameron Kasky-a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School-describes his experience in the shooting and his political views on what reforms need to be made. Cameron Kasky says that the shootings keep happening and nothing is being done to prevent them. He states that together with his fellow students, they’re going to force congress to take action to keep guns out of schools and to protect the lives of students. He blames the Republican and Democratic party. I really think that if everyone comes together, congress will take action. However, I don’t think it’s either party’s fault for the lack of gun laws in place. No matter what side you’re on, there will always be people on that side against the greater good. Kasky, Cameron. "Parkland Student: My Generation Won't Stand for This." CNN, 20 Feb. 2018, www.cnn.com/2018/02/15/opinions/florida-shooting-no-more-opinion-kasky/index.html.
This New York Times article summarizes the events of the Santa Fe, Texas school shooting. The shooter, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, hid a gun under his jacket as he entered the school and opened fire, killing ten people and wounding ten more. He surrendered and was taken into custody. Later, police found two homemade explosives that the shooter had left at the school. Donald Trump publicly stated his solidarity with the victims of the Santa Fe, Texas shooting and promised that he would do everything he could to make reforms. He pushed for the arming of teachers and favors taking guns away from dangerous people. However, Trump did not take action to fulfill any of those proposals. In my opinion, if Trump was really determined to make reforms, it would have been done by now. There have been over twenty school shootings in 2018 and we’re only halfway through the year. It’s hard to see a future in which reforms have been made and innocent students aren’t dying at the expense of unstable people who should never have been permitted to get a gun in the first place. Manny Fernandez, Richard Fausset and Jess Bidgood. "In Texas School Shooting, 10 Dead, 10 Hurt and Many Unsurprised." The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia, 18 May 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/05/18/us/school-shooting-santa-fe-texas.html.