Too often, Americans are reminded why the calls for common sense gun law reform are so necessary. In just the first 12 weeks of 2018, a total of 17 school shootings had already been committed and too few laws have changed to prevent more of them.
BREAKING: Gunshots broke out at Forest High School in Ocala, some 38 miles south of Gainesville. One person was injured in the shooting and is being treated by medics, 1 injured; suspect in custody, officials say – ABC News – https://t.co/C2vaoCQM6B via @ABC
— Tracie (@traciemac_Bmore) April 20, 2018
Police report yet another school shooting in Ocala, Florida on the morning that a nationwide school walkout was planned to commemorate the one at Columbine High School that left 12 students and one teacher dead and a town full of people traumatized long afterward.
Newsweek reports that:
‘Authorities in Marion County, Florida, responded to a report of a shooting at Forest High School in Ocala on Friday morning.
‘As of 9 a.m. EDT, one suspect was in custody, and one student who was injured was being treated by medics on the scene, according to a post from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.’
This shooting has left one person injured, although the extent of the injuries is not yet known. Just as concerning is the fact that 2,107 enrolled students have been inducted into the growing club of those who have witnessed and experienced the fear and trauma that goes along with the induction into that club.
Tomorrow we will be participating in the student led civic demonstration. This voluntary event will take place during CAT period with an announcement releasing students that wish to participate. Any student not wanting to participate will remain in their CAT period class.😺🇺🇸
— Forest High School (@FHS_WildcatLife) April 19, 2018
It is time for lawmakers to act, to listen to those children whose lives are risked every day simply by attending school as they are legally mandated to do. The time to act has actually long since passed, but at this point, action is not only necessary but should be demanded.
It is time for all Americans to say “never again.”