Gun violence in schools: This is a plea for our lives

Gun violence in schools: This is a plea for our lives

(Photo: COURTNEY SACCO/CALLER-TIMES FOR THE USA TODAY NETWORK) We said never again. We remained silent for those 17 minutes, mourning the lives of the students lost at Parkland. We held a day of remembrance for the tragedy at Columbine. We still remember the horror surrounding what happened at Sandy Hook. These schools are infamous, practically household names thrown around as casually as weapons seem to be in this country. And now, we have another shooting on our hands. This time, 10 American lives were lost in Texas – a tragedy on its own – but in our minds, our instinct is to compare the death toll at Santa Fe to that at Parkland. Why do we even have anything to compare these events to in the first place? What was the turning point? When did students’ lives become a mere commodity to us, a way for us to further our own political beliefs? I remember my first lock-down drill. To a kindergartner, it was fun to turn off the lights and huddle down under our desks, whispering excitedly the whole time. But as I entered middle school, I began to realize that no, it wasn’t normal for us to have to practice what we did. I learned a lot at school, like what to do if a school shooter were to pull the fire alarm, wait just outside the doors, and then gun us down like the easy adolescent prey that we were. After middle school came high school, […]

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