The Parkland students are responding to the Maryland school shooting, and we need to listen
We’re devastated to report that there has been a school shooting at Great Mills High School in Maryland on Tuesday, March 20th. Though the story is still developing, we know that the school went into lockdown in the morning and that there are reportedly at least three injuries. Authorities say that the Maryland school shooting situation has been “contained” and students are safely being evacuated.
Word of the Maryland school shooting spread via Twitter. Much like during the February 14th shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, students in lockdown used Twitter to communicate and spread the word.
“Hi Twitter. I am in Great Mills HS. My school is on a very real lockdown threat and there’s already someone possibly dead. Please pray for us,” Twitter user Mollie Davis tweeted at 8:29 a.m. on Tuesday. She followed up, saying that she was safe and had evacuated.
The Parkland students immediately took to Twitter to comfort the victims and show their support. They also expressed their frustration that yet another school shooting has happened and condemned lawmakers for not acting quickly enough on the issue. And they urged people to get involved, reminding them that the March For Our Lives is on Saturday, March 24th.
Prominent Parkland student activist Emma González was one of the first to speak up.
Sarah Chadwick called out lawmakers for not taking action.
Cameron Kasky said a lot with just two words.
Jaclyn Corin pointed out the injustice that the Great Mills students had just participated in the national walkout.
Delaney Tarr implored people in power to take action.
Sofie Whitney assured us that they won’t stop fighting.
So did Chris Grady.
And Carly Novell.
But the support from Parkland students didn’t stop there.
The whole Parkland community came together for Great Mills.
Those who have been in their shoes are showing their support.
They agree that thoughts and prayers are not enough.
Enough is enough. It’s time for lawmakers to listen to these students. They have important things to say, and they can’t — and won’t — be silenced.