A little more than three months after a deadly school shooting in Florida sparked the student-led ‘Never Again’ movement, another community is grappling with aftermath of an all-too-familiar senseless loss of life.
Survivors from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting earlier this year in Parkland have reacted with a range of emotions in the wake of a massacre that left 10 dead and at least that many injured in Santa Fe, Texas.
Student activist Emma Gonzalez expressed dismay over the continued violence in U.S. schools and lack of legislative action aimed at stopping it.
Santa Fe High, you didn’t deserve this. You deserve peace all your lives, not just after a tombstone saying that is put over you. You deserve more than Thoughts and Prayers, and after supporting us by walking out we will be there to support you by raising up your voices.
— Emma González (@Emma4Change) May 18, 2018
“Santa Fe High, you didn’t deserve this,” she tweeted. “You deserve peace all your lives, not just after a tombstone saying that is put over you. You deserve more than Thoughts and Prayers, and after supporting us by walking out we will be there to support you by raising up your voices.”
David Hogg offered a few thoughts, stating in one tweet simply that the Parkland survivors “are fighting for you.”
We are fighting for you.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 18, 2018
In another post, he sought to prepare the survivors in Santa Fe for what he believes will be a disingenuous effort to hear their perspective.
“Get ready for two weeks of media coverage of politicians acting like they give a s*** when in reality they just want to boost their approval ratings before midterms,” he wrote.
March For Our Lives, another movement that grew out of the Parkland shooting, also issued a statement acknowledging the latest mass shooting.
— March For Our Lives (@AMarch4OurLives) May 18, 2018
“We are deeply saddened by the tragedy at Santa Fe High School and send our love and support to the families affected as well as the entire community,” the organization wrote.
[Featured image: Alex Wind, Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, Jaclyn Corin and David Hogg/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP]