February 14th, 2018. One of the most tragic moments in Florida, and frankly, The United States’ schools history. This day was truly one of the most heartbreaking days, for families and public school attending kids everywhere. This unspeakable shooting act happened to innocent teenagers and adults, and it occured when they were most vulnerable.
On February 14th, a 19 year old “troubled” shooter pulled the fire alarm and opened fire on kids. With there only being one entrance and exit in this school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school, the shooter lured the students out. The 19 year old shooter, Nikolas Cruz, was described as having a “troubled childhood”. While this may be true, there are tons of other grown adults throughout the world with a “troubled childhood” who haven’t chosen to shoot innocent kids. 17 students and staff members died. 17 people who could have grown old. 17 people who could have made a difference. 17 people who could have lived longer. One person changed it all for them. This tragedy was a horrific act of violence and selfishness. It could have happened to anyone, and on February 14th, it happened to this school. “ If it was from the shooters perspective, if he has the mind to kill people, you can’t change what he’s thinking. It happens so often that no one really reacts or feels the same way they used to about it,” said Maison Rodriguez (09).
Throughout this past week, many people are saying that this tragedy could have been prevented if they revoked the second amendment. Others believe that it could have been stopped earlier if the police went in the school earlier. Individuals, like Rodriguez, believe that it’s not the guns that kill people, it’s people who kill people. Sure, guns are the thing that kill the people, but guns don’t operate by themselves. It’s the people behind the weapon that do the act. “I think they should make a contract before everyone buys a gun, kind of like how new presidents swear into presidency, people would sign a contract not to do stupid stuff with guns,” said Dalin Burris (09). Although a contract won’t change the fact that there are people out there who want to see others in pain, most people want to help lower the chances of another tragedy like this happening.
If something were to happen like this at Clemens, some say they would try to find the gunman, but if they were actually in the situation, most of them would not follow through with their words because they would be so petrified. Students would also not know what to do in the situation, they wouldn’t know whether to run, hide, or go at the shooter. This catastrophe happened to the students unexpectedly with near to no signs of it happening.