Here’s what the Parkland teen activists have to say about the shooting at Santa Fe High School
‘We are fighting for you’
by Katie Way
Law enforcement officers apprehended a suspected shooter in the wake of a deadly incident at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas on Friday morning. At least 8 people — and potentially up to 10 — were killed in the incident, with others reportedly hospitalized.
Students told CBS News that the shooting took place in the high school's art hall and the gunman was wielded a shotgun and wore a black trench coat. This school shooting is the 22nd to take place in 2018.
— March For Our Lives (@AMarch4OurLives) May 18, 2018
When it comes to gun control, student activists are more vocal than ever before, especially those from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, some of whom became the face of gun control for both sides of the aisle.
Here are what those teenagers have to say about the deadliest shooting since their own Parkland, Florida high school was attacked.
Santa Fe High, you didn’t deserve this. You deserve peace all your lives, not just after a tombstone saying that is put over you. You deserve more than Thoughts and Prayers, and after supporting us by walking out we will be there to support you by raising up your voices.
— Emma González (@Emma4Change) May 18, 2018
Emma González is one of the most prominent student activists to have survived the Parkland school shooting. She is best known for her public speaking skills, her organizing work with March for Our Lives, and her badass haircut.
Hoping things get better. Hoping things can change. Don’t tell me that there isn’t a shooting problem in this country. The perpetuating gun violence we face is ridiculous. https://t.co/dHeXH5Fo9B
— Alex Wind (@al3xw1nd) May 18, 2018
Alex is one of the cofounders of the Never Again MSD activist group, spoke at the March for Our Lives protest in Washington, D.C. and was pictured on the cover of Time Magazine along with four other student activists.
At least 8 students have been shot and killed at Santa Fe High School.
Prepare to watch the NRA boast about getting higher donations.
Prepare to see students rise up and be called ‘civil terrorists’ and crisis actors.
Prepare for the right-wing media to attack the survivors.
— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) May 18, 2018
Cameron Kasky is another cofounder of Never Again MSD who famously asked Senator Marco Rubio whether or not he'd refuse donations from the NRA — a question the Florida senator failed to answer.
To everyone at Santa Fe high school ,I hope youre safe, I’m so sorry this is happening, and I’m so sorry that it continues to https://t.co/zLRbrizYiD one should be in the situation that youre all currently in. Im not going to say thoughts and prayers but instead policy and action
— Sarah Chadwick (@Sarahchadwickk) May 18, 2018
Sarah Chadwick is another student leader involved in Never Again MSD who is known for tweeting sick burns like: "We should change the names of AR-15s to "Marco Rubio" since they are so easy to buy."
I should be celebrating my last day of high school, but instead my heart is broken to hear of the tragedy at Santa Fe. We cannot let this continue to be the norm. We cannot.
— Delaney Tarr (@delaneytarr) May 18, 2018
Delaney Tarr is a student journalist and activist who spoke at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C. and advocated voting out politicians who refused to take gun control seriously.
Today is my last day of school at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high and I find out there’s been a shooting in Texas at Santa Fe high school. My heart aches for them. ?
— Kyra Parrow (@longlivekcx) May 18, 2018
Kyra Parrow is a student activist and photographer who wrote in TIME Magazine about skipping school the day of the Parkland shooting and using photography as a tool for healing from the pain it caused her community.
We are fighting for you.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 18, 2018
Get ready for two weeks of media coverage of politicians acting like they give a shit when in reality they just want to boost their approval ratings before midterms.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 18, 2018
David Hogg is a student activist best known for speaking out publicly and repeatedly on the necessity for gun control, and for the backlash he has received from right-wing media, who called him a crisis actor. Pundit and dog-whistler Laura Ingraham famously mocked Hogg for his reported college rejections and was forced to apologize.
My heart is with everyone at Santa Fe High School. No student should have to fear for their life. No student should have to run from a shooter. No student should have to bury their friends. We are here for you.
— Sofie Whitney (@sofiewhitney) May 18, 2018
Sofie Whitney is a student activist who wrote in Glamour about how she and other teenagers want — and need — to be supported by adults as they advocate for legislative change.
My heart is so heavy for the students of Santa Fe High School. It’s an all too familiar feeling no one should have to experience. I am so sorry this epidemic touched your town – Parkland will stand with you now and forever. pic.twitter.com/ckVPxYi6qz
— Jaclyn Corin (@JaclynCorin) May 18, 2018
Jaclyn Corin is a student activist and leader in the Never Again MSD movement who spoke at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C. She also appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine — barefoot. Power move.
There's no doubt that more school shooting survivors and Never Again MSD supporters will be speaking up about the shooting at Santa Fe High School soon — but when will teenagers no longer need to pour out their pain and trauma on social media in order to make politicians pay attention? Stay tuned.
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