We Stand With Parkland

Shannon Harrar

Last week, on Feb. 14, 2018, a 19-year-old named Nikolas Cruz entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. and opened fire, killing 17 members of students and faculty. This event has become one of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history.
17 innocents all got out of their beds Wednesday morning with every right and expectation to crawl back into them at the end of the day. However, they were robbed of that.

These are those victims:
-Alyssa Alhadef, 14
-Scott Biegel, 35
-Martin Duque Anguiano, 14
-Nicholas Dworet, 17
-Aaron Feis, 37
-Jaime Guttenberg, 14
-Chris Hixon, 49
-Luke Hoyer, 15
-Cara Loughran, 14
-Gina Montalto, 14
-Joaquin Oliver, 17
-Alaina Petty, 14
-Meadow Pollack, 18
-Helena Ramsay, 17
-Alex Schachter, 14
-Carmen Schentrup, 16
-Peter Wang, 15

The Centurion stands in solidarity with the victims, their families, the survivors, the community of Parkland, and all innocent lives that have ever been taken from the nonstop gun violence we’ve been witnessing in the United States.There are no words that can be said that could ever make this right. Thoughts and prayers do not work. What we need is change.
In the small amount of time that has elapsed since this tradgedy, the surviving students of the Douglas High School shooting have taken this opportunity to use their voices and demand to be heard this time. To make this the last mass shooting of its kind, and demand reform of gun laws. Activism such as school walk outs, protests and marches have already begun taking place nationwide.
A March for Our Lives is already in the works to be performed on March 24 in Washington as a part of the “Never Again” movement that has sprung up in response to Douglas. Because students and teachers deserve to be safe in their schools.

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