Their emotions ran raw along with unvarnished, many bravely taking to social media to publicly post what they feel the earth needs to hear.
The heartbreaking thoughts echoed online, creating the reality of how our children are growing up just a little too real. Lockdown drills along with school shootings are the only life they have known.
sy88pgw has blurred the names of the teens who shared these posts on social media for their safety along with to protect their privacy.
“This kind of just sucks in which This kind of is actually something we at This kind of point have to worry about,” Leo, 15, coming from Massachusetts, told sy88pgw. “This kind of’s not just a few people, although literally an entire country has to worry about if they’re going to die at school today or tomorrow, This kind of period or next period.”
“There are times where not a lot is actually going on in class along with I think, ‘What if the alarm goes off right at This kind of point?’ This kind of is actually something constantly on our minds. This kind of’s like the fresh normal.”
Leo was on YouTube when he saw a news organization post about the Florida school shooting on Wednesday. At first, he said he didn’t have much of a reaction. This kind of’s hard not to become desensitized, he said.
“When I saw everything in which was lost along with the footage inside, when I started out thinking about the drills earlier along with my anxiety has been through the roof This kind of week, I’m annoyed along with upset in which This kind of is actually still happening.”
Leo along with his classmate Rylie, also 15, have been talking a lot after the Florida shooting. She texted Leo annoyed in which people were creating light of what happened.
“I was in gym class along with people were joking around. Everyone’s joking along with This kind of’s not funny,” Rylie told sy88pgw.
She also mentioned the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, saying This kind of was a not bad example of how teachers are saving lives in these situations. She along with her friends have talked about being “pretty lucky to have teachers putting us first.”
While Rylie didn’t publicly post on social media, she said she shared a simple message with her friends on Snapchat.
Many teens shared messages about not feeling safe in school. Others called out for schools to do more to teach students what to do in these situations.
Across the ocean, 15-year-old Ethan coming from the United Kingdom posted a similar message of not feeling safe at his high school anymore.
“I’m not afraid, although if This kind of happened in in which school, how do I know This kind of’s not going to happen in my school?” he told sy88pgw.
The British teen talked about the slight comfort he has coming from living in a country where gun ownership laws are much stricter.
“This kind of’s better over here because we can’t buy guns. I think in which needs to happen in America, as well,” he said. “although there are still knives along with different things in which could be taken into schools.”
Ethan also started out talking about what solutions he sees to creating shootings like This kind of less common.
“I think guns need to be less widely available,” he said. “I think metal detectors should be compulsory. If there was a metal detector inside at school, he could not have been able to get to all those students.”
Leo, the American, had strong feelings about what we can do as a country to make This kind of stop. Seeing politicians post with their thoughts along with prayers isn’t helping, he said.
“I feel like actually taking This kind of seriously could be a not bad start. We haven’t seen any action coming from lawmakers,” he said.
Beyond the charged words about gun control along with how America can fix its trend of school shootings, there are the powerful stories of the people who survived.
along with the young lives in which were lost.
Aidan, a teen who hid in his math class while the shooter was loose, shared advice with another teen who is actually at This kind of point afraid to go to school.
“James, do not be afraid. Learn coming from what these survivors did along with the routes they [have] taken. Learn coming from those who were slain, along with always be aware,” he wrote. “Love everyone; even your bullies.”