article by Annebelle Cote-Gendreau and Brianna Mooers
edited by Zoe Seward
Many people think that schools are very safe, but is this true? On the 14th of February 2018, in Parkland, Florida, there was a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. This shooting alone costed in 17 lives lost, with ages ranging from 14 to 49. This was the 18th school shooting this year alone. This needs to end. Many teens are scared to go to school, they fear that their school will be next.
“Have you ever been scared to go to school? If so when?” we asked one student. This was her response: “Most of them were about recent shootings, especially the one in Florida. I saw on the news that a 20-year-old man walked into a gun shop and he was able to buy an AK47 and an AR15 in a matter of five minutes, all the while his license was suspended, which scares me a lot to know that someone crazy enough to do this sort of thing could do it so easily and quickly.”
On March 14, 2018, many schools are doing the school walkout to enforce gun laws. Massabesic High School was planning on taking part in said walkout, but due to a large snow storm our school was unable to participate, instead doing theirs on Friday, March 16th.
Many people were affected by the shooting that happened in Parkland, Florida, such as, families, friends, the district as a whole, and people in completely different states began to fear going to school in the morning.
As stated before, many people believe that schools are very safe and protected. However, if this is true, why have there been so many school shootings so far this year? We are only about ten weeks into 2018, and we already have tons of lives that have been lost. We need to put a stop to all this violence. We need to show the government that there is something wrong and that something needs to be changed. Peaceful protests are a great start, but could those be the next things that get violent?