One-hundred students woke up yesterday morning, not to go to class, but to march to Florida’s capital and demand lawmakers pass legislation to tighten gun control. Not more than 10 hours later, many of the same students returned to the BB&T Center in Sunrise armed with searing questions for their legislatures. Primary among them: What are they going to do about gun control?
In fewer than 48 hours, American Heritage seniors Sydnie Rathe, Nicholas Fonseca and Faith Ward organized a school-wide protest for gun control in response to last week’s deadly massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD). The seniors cited the Not One More rally for firearm safety legislation at the Federal Courthouse Feb. 17 as inspiration for their protest.
Three days ago, I woke up at 6:37 a.m. to get to school on time; I had to be out of the house by 6:45. In a frenzied scramble, I threw my school bag together and dismissed my mother’s usual “drive safe, I love you” with only a quick wave, assuming that she knew I loved her too, assuming I could always tell her I love her later when I get home.
The protest will take place from 10 AM to 12 noon Mon., Feb. 19. While the event is intended for Heritage students, all are welcome, and signs are encouraged. Any additional questions can be emailed to PlantationAction@gmail.com.
Seventeen people were killed yesterday after a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The attack marks the 18th school shooting in the U.S. within the first 45 days of 2018, and the third deadliest in this country’s modern history.