On February 14th, the United States was shaken by a school shooting in Parkland, Florida that resulted in the deaths of 17 people. Since then, many, including survivors of the shooting, have been lobbying for stricter gun laws to end gun violence. And in the midst of this national conversation about how to prevent gun violence, there has been another school shooting. Yesterday, March 7th, a female student, Courtlin Arrington, was killed in a shooting at Huffman High School in Birmingham, Alabama.
According to Al.com, Arrington was a senior at Huffman, and the 17-year-old was set to graduate in May. After graduation, she would have attended college to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse.
Arrington’s 18th birthday was about a month away, according to Time. She was shot as school was about to be dismissed for the day, and she passed away en route to the hospital, even though she had been given CPR.
Aside from Arrington, a male 17-year-old student was also shot, although he has been released from the hospital. Birmingham Police Chief Orlando Wilson said in a press conference that the shooting had been ruled accidental. He said that the cause of the shooting was unknown and that a person of interest had been taken into police custody.
Arrington’s death is a horrible tragedy, and our hearts go out to her loved ones. But thoughts and prayers are not enough this time. We need to make sure that no more students are killed at school. We need to end gun violence now.