Hi and Happy Thursday, March 1st. This month, I plan to write about a lot of quotes that inspire me, that frustrate me, that mean something to me, that I have heard and wanted to think more about, and those that move me.
Please let me know if you have ideas to include in this. I am not yet sure if I will write every day or every other day or how that will work out. We still have a lot going on before the school’s spring break so I am quite busy. But, I do want to and plan to make time for my blogs.
Today’s quote is something that one of the students from the Valentine’s Day shooting at a Florida high school. “We call BS.” — Emma Gonzalez. This was directed at lawmakers, government officials, and gun advocates and was said very soon after the shooting. I am sure it was offensive to some. To others, I think it was a call to action.
It made me stop and think about what she witnessed first hand at her school. This killing is something that no one should have to experience, especially not students at a school going about their normal routine. Instead, they should be safe and able to do what kids do — learn, hang out with peers and teachers, and enjoy life.
Gonzalez has moved me to tears more than once. She has also impressed upon me the urgency to do something and that she and others don’t want this to ever happen to anyone again. Other students who have been speaking out have been equally as powerful.
These survivors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School seem to be following in their school’s namesake’s footsteps. From what I have read, Stoneman Douglas was a journalist, author, a women’s suffrage activist, and a conservationist who defended the Everglades. She stood up and spoke out about what she believed in. And, now these students are doing the same.
May we all learn from them and listen to what they have to say. Even if we don’t agree, may be respect them and what they are dealing with. Let’s remember that they saw dear friends and beloved teachers get hit with bullets, suffer serious injuries, and saw some people die. They hid in closets or under desks waiting for help and for the police to arrive. Then they went outside with their hands up and waited to find out who had been hurt or worse, killed.
I only hope to never be in their shoes. Instead, I will listen, respect them, and realize they are grieving but still taking action. There was a conspiracy theory that they were paid actors and that has been proven as wrong and incorrect. Instead, they are youth trying to find their way after a terrible tragedy.
Their actions have already started to make some changes that I am sure some people will like and others won’t. Dick’s Sporting Goods will no longer be selling certain kinds of weapons. Wal-Mart has changed the age of buying weapons.
I wonder if these terrible things will continue happening? I hope and pray that they don’t. I want our students and all of us to enjoy going to school and learning, attending school events, or going to church, or to concerts, or to movies, or to clubs without the fear of being hit by a bullet.