It was six minutes of pure terror, and it happened in a suburban high school. The school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was a harrowing experience that resulted in the deaths of three staff members and 14 students.
Sometimes, after the initial shock of a school shooting has passed, it’s easy to forget the reality of the experience these students went through. The recently released 911 calls below are a small window into that terror.
WARNING, the video below is disturbing
These teenagers were forcefully confronted with their mortality. And during the shooting, they reached out to their friends and family. Many of the texts sent that day have been released:
— Chabeli Herrera (@ChabeliH) February 15, 2018
— Kaitlin Carbocci (@kcarboccixo) February 14, 2018
Parent's conversation with -14-year-old son who is currently in lockdown. pic.twitter.com/6M4f0FrbZJ
— Carli Teproff (@CTeproff) February 14, 2018
After this life-changing incident, the survivors of the Parkland shooting shocked the nation with their resolve to do something about the incredible amount of gun violence in the U.S.
The students met with representatives like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), questioning the financial ties between politicians and the NRA. They lobbied for legislative solutions, spurring the state of Florida to raise the minimum age to purchase a gun.
Raising awareness of the issue of gun violence against almost insurmountable odds (and incredible criticism from both conservatives and the NRA), the students have thrown themselves into organizing a nation-wide protest march.
The March for our Lives is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 24.
To honor the heroism of these students, Time magazine has unveiled its newest cover:
— TIME (@TIME) March 22, 2018
From the article:
‘The #NeverAgain organizers built a movement with the skills they learned in high school. Hogg, an aspiring journalist who studies TV production at Stoneman Douglas, has anointed himself the movement’s “press secretary.” Corin, the bubbly junior class president who did a 50-page term paper on gun control last year, organized roughly 100 students to travel to Tallahassee to lobby the state legislature. Kasky and Wind, both drama kids, have given some of the most emotional testimony about the shooting and their dead classmates. González gave a speech about the NRA’s influence that was informed by an AP government lesson on special-interest groups.’
The power of these students is incredible. Despite the fact that they’re almost alone in the fight, they are still full of hope. This is what they’re up against. Remember:
‘Although Trump briefly signaled support for strengthening background checks, he quickly abandoned that position.’
The fact that these students have honor of landing on the cover of Time is unlikely to sway Trump. His opinion of the magazine (and the person on the cover) is completely dependent upon the magazine validating his self-esteem:
I knew last year that @TIME Magazine lost all credibility when they didn't include me in their Top 100…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2012
The Time Magazine list of the 100 Most Influential People is a joke and stunt of a magazine that will, like Newsweek,soon be dead. Bad list!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2013
Just took a look at Time Magazine-looks really flimsy like a free handout at a parking lot! The sad end is coming-just like Newsweek!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2013
I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite They picked person who is ruining Germany
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2015
Remember, get TIME magazine! I am on the cover. Take it out in 4 years and read it again! Just watch…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2016
Thank you to Time Magazine and Financial Times for naming me "Person of the Year" – a great honor!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2016
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