Students in the USA and across the world are uniting in protest to fight for their lives.
On February 14th, 17 people were killed and 17 more injured at Majory Stoneham Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida in one of the world’s most deadly school shootings.
So far there have been 8 school shootings in 2018, and 2311 people have lost their lives in the USA because of gun violence. Last December marked the fifth anniversary of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting where 20 school children and 6 teachers passed away. It seems like we always hear about these massacres, but how does it affect students like us here in the UK, over 4,000 miles away?
You may wonder why so many of us, citizens of the UK who rarely have to deal with gun violence and school shootings on this big a scale, care so much about the gun laws in America. I mean it’s not affecting us. Is it? Actually, it affects us a lot more than you think. Almost every week now we hear about children our age being killed. Being murdered in fact! As youth, we have a voice. A voice that needs to be heard.
After the Majory Stoneham Douglas shooting in Parkland on the 14th of February 2018, a huge campaign called March for Our Lives was started. On March 24th students will take to the streets of Washington DC in a peaceful protest for the loved ones they have lost. Also, exactly one month after the massacre many schools around America had a walk out in tribute to those killed in previous shootings, and the recent one in Florida that triggered this movement. They walked out of class for 17 minutes; 17 minutes for 17 deaths. In the past few months there has been a massive rise In the amount of young advocates for changing gun laws, and we are becoming more powerful. The youth finally have found their voice. In our school and around the country, young people are being affected by constantly seeing people their age being murdered, and wish to do something about it.
Students in the USA are determined to make a difference, and we should be to.
There is so much more left for us to do in the battle for safer and more secure gun laws, however there is one thing that YOU can do right now. By signing the March for Our Lives petition, you are helping to start the conversation about how to keep our world and fellow students safe.
By Lucy Pitman and Poppy Gibbs