On February 14th, Nikolas Cruz got in an Uber and headed for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where he had just been expelled for threatening his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend. Then, he committed the 9th deadliest school shooting in modern U.S. history.
10 firearms were obtained by Cruz.
17 victims lost their lives – both students and teachers.
The devastated community in Florida is now advocating for more gun control laws so these atrocities won’t keep happening, again and again.
Elliot McLaughlin and Madison Park, writers for CNN, composed a list of details about the shooter – his case reads like a stereotype. He was even reported to the FBI before the tragedy.
So, why wasn’t anything done to prevent this massacre?
Cruz’s foster family stated that they hadn’t known how disturbed he really was – in 2016, the Florida Department of Children and Families’ report included that he suffered from depression, ADHD, and autism, but that he was a “low-level risk.”
Disturbing images from his social media involve guns and dead animals.
According to his foster parents, he had Nazi hate symbols and racial slurs drawn on his backpack.
In response to the tragedy, several politicians offered their thoughts and prayers, which weren’t taken favorably. Kim Russell, Women’s March Executive Advisor, emphasized, “Thoughts and prayers aren’t enough…Congress needs to hear from us.”
Students from Marjory Stoneman are taking action, speaking out and organizing marches and walk-outs across the country.
On February 21, in Sunrise, Florida, an event in the CNN Town Hall, Emma Gonzalez, and other vocal student survivors debated with Marco Rubio about gun violence.
Gonzalez was invited to speak at an anti-gun rally in Fort Lauderdale as well. Her speech went viral.
Emma stated, “We don’t want these people in charge of us anymore…we have to be the politicians in this instance. We have to be the people calling for change and demanding a change.”
On March 14, at 10 a.m. students everywhere are supposed to walk out for 17 minutes, one for each victim who lost their life. On April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine shooting, students are again supposed to walk out at 10 a.m. – but not return for the rest of the school day.
With such outspoken young adults advocating for real change, hopefully change is on the horizon.