What can we do...?

February 14, 2018 by Guest Student Author

Hello SBS community, 

Earlier this school year, I gave a speech in class meeting about gun violence and the Las Vegas mass shooting that killed 58 people and injured hundreds. As a united class, we wrote emails to our state officials, senators, and representatives, asking what their plan of action was, to protect the lives of citizens and anyone in the United States. 

511 days after the Pulse night club shooting, there had already been 555 mass shootings in the US, with no action from Congress. I have seen the headline "Deadliest Mass Shooting In Modern US history" three times. I am only 17 years old. 

Today, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a believed to be expelled student open fired at his school. 17 minors are dead, and many students are injured and obviously emotionally scarred. 

I am not telling you that you should be anti-this or anti-that, but when is enough enough? Let's avoid the politics and focus on the lack of response from both sides. Do we all not remember Sandy Hook? Why should schools be one of the most unsafe places for children?

Stoneleigh-Burnham has a lot of strong voices that I know can make an impact. I want to encourage you all to brainstorm how our community can stop the unlawful killing of all. What can we do besides send our hopes and prayers? 

I have been a part of a social  justice committee in Greenfield at my church, and one of my goals for next year is to start a social justice committee here. 

Call your family and tell them you love them. 

Thank you,

Windsor '19

Written by Guest Student Author

Periodically students volunteer or are asked to write for the Stoneleigh-Burnham blog.

Filed Under: StudentVoice, Student Writing, Safe Schools, gun violence, school shootings