I want to wish all of the students, faculty, administration, and their families who are part of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School nothing but prayers and positive energy. I can not imagine what all of you had to endure today. For those who lost friends, family members, teachers, etc. Condolences to you, your families, and loved ones. To Sheriff Israel, I am so proud and thankful of how you handled all of the communication today with the reporters. Sheriff Israel, you were professional, clear, and able to hold yourself together. You also displayed patience when reporters were asking you questions, so audiences around the country can understand what was going on. More importantly, you treated the children and possible staff members with dignity and respect.
I myself am a school teacher. I love what I do, I love who I work for, I also love my colleagues, and most importantly the students that I teach. We go over how to respond if there is an active shooter inside and outside the building, but as these teachers and students said on the news, it is a much different story when you face an active shooter in real life. Furthermore, it saddens me to know that our children have to see friends and teachers wounded, screaming for help, crying, or even having to question whether or not this might be their last day. School is supposed to be a place where you learn who you are. I do not know what the right answer is, other than to tell an adult if you hear anything that can jeopardize your safety as well as others.
Moreover, I want to compliment the bravery of the students who used their phones and social media accounts to let the police, reporters, your friends, and family know whether you were okay, or if someone needed help. The video of the students sitting in the classroom while gun shots were going off was absolutely terrifying and disturbing to watch.
I condemn the actions of the School shooter today, and hope that justice prevails for the students, faculty, administrators, and their families to bring closure. I hope that our nation comes up with strict gun laws that prevent the wrong people from getting their hands on these weapons. One of the students said that in order to heal “we need to not be divided, and show empathy towards others.” This student could not be more correct. We need to remember that there are others who are having more trouble. Even more so, we need to just stop and listen. I ask everyone to reflect on what this student said, and follow the news to stay informed!