High School Students Turn to Activism after the Tragic Florida Shooting

Written By Debra Murray

After the tragic school shooting in Florida, students are using the situation to bring attention to the issue of gun control in America. A rally was held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to mourn the death of the students injured and killed in the shooting, and to demand action from politicians.

“The House looks forward to working with the Governor and Senate to find solutions to fulfill government’s primary mission — to keep its citizens — its children safe,” said Richard Corcoran, the Republican speaker of the House, while giving a statement.

In various places throughout the U.S, high school students walked out to show support of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who were victims to the tragic shooting.

“This is for every single kid who fears for their life,” said Alfonso Calderon, a Stoneman Douglas student, in an interview with CNN. “This is something serious. It is about human lives.”

Sadly after the rally, the hopes of creating a vote regarding gun control failed, so most of the students have been turning to social media to share their thoughts, and planning walk-outs, in hopes to make an effective change about gun control in America.

“I turned 18 the day after” the shooting, said a tearful Samuel Zeif, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. “Woke up to the news that my best friend was gone. And I don’t understand why I can still go in a store and buy a weapon of war. An AR. How is it that easy to buy this type of weapon? How do we not stop this after Columbine? After Sandy Hook?”


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