marjory stoneman douglas hs

This is 15-year-old Anthony Borges. He is credited with saving up to 20 lives during the Parkland school shooting. 

He was shot five times during the Feb. 14 school shooting. He barricaded a classroom door and used his body as a human shield as bullets flew, protecting a class full of students from harm. 

“I think I was going to die,” Borges said.

As a result of the shooting, a third of his lung had to be removed. One bullet came dangerously close to his liver, and three others tore through his legs.

“He’s a hero,” family attorney Alex Arreaza said. “He’s the real deal.”

Read more here.

Sydney Aiello💗👼

  • 19-Year-Old Sydney Aiello was a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, which took the life of her Friend Meadow Pollack. Sadly, on March 17th 2019 Sydney ended her own life. Her mother says she had been struggling with grief and survivors guilt since the Florida shooting last year. Sydney spent her days cheerleading and doing Yoga. She is described as a warm soul who brightened up the lives of others.

Remembering Sydney🕯

anonymous asked:

So some students at my high school are planning a protest on April 20th. Do you have any advice as to safety, etc. ?

That’s awesome! As far as safety goes, here are some basic guidelines for this sort of thing:

  • Your numbers are power. The more people you have participating, the more effective the demonstration will be. A few students walking out of a classroom won’t make a huge difference, but entire classrooms full of students will. Additionally, the more students participate, the less the school could potentially punish you. I know that how teachers and principals respond will likely vary depending on your school and how receptive they are to what you’re doing, but if you are in a school where they threaten to write people infractions or give suspensions for people walking out, numbers really help because they can’t suspend an entire class body of students. 
  • Don’t publicize it widely beforehand. Now, with this specific movement, since it’s a national thing and already in the news, a lot of teachers and administrators will likely know about it beforehand and start telling students in advance not to walk out/what the consequences will be, etc. Still, try to keep your plans as under wraps as possible until the day of to keep the school from taking preventative steps to keep it from happening. The exception to this would be if there’s a teacher or member of administration that you know is supportive of your protest and would be able to help you, which could always be an advantage.
  • It’s unlikely, unless maybe you go to school somewhere with a security officer on campus, that you’ll come into contact with law enforcement (I’ve participated in sit-ins and marches/protests on my college campus and never had this happen) but if there is a scenario where you come into contact with police or a security officer, 100% do exactly what they say. Not because I think you should respect police or anything because, like, fuck cops, but from a safety standpoint. For this type of thing it is not worth it to try to continue your demonstration if a cop intervenes and tells you to stop. At this level of activism you should value your own safety first and foremost and do what you need to do to protect yourself, even if this means calling off your plans and doing what a cop tells you.
  • Stick together and have a plan. Make sure you know exactly what you’re doing beforehand. If you’re walking out, where are you walking to? I know many students doing this are planning on walking out and standing outside of campus. Others are planning on going home. Both sound like good ideas, but just make sure everyone involved is on the same page as to what you’re doing so that you can go together and end up in the same place. If you’re planning on actually leaving school and going home, there’s also always the option of going the more student conduct-friendly and having a large group of students plan on all having their parents/guardians check them out of school and go home at the same time.
  • Know what you want/are asking for. With this sort of direct-action organizing, you’re much more likely to be taken seriously if you have a concrete demand that you’re seeking action on. For example, rather than just saying “we’re doing a walkout” make sure you have a goal you can state as the purpose of the demonstration. If your plan is to have your protest/walkout be part of the national movement that day, then just state that you’re protesting/walking out in solidarity/support of the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and their initiative for stricter gun safety. If you live in a state outside of Florida, you could also consider looking at what the current gun laws are in your state, and pieces of gun legislation that are currently in motion at a state government level, and coming up with a goal or statement you want to make regarding that. Make sure that while you’re staging your protest/walkout, you tell people what you’re doing it for and communicate your message clearly to be the most effective. 

Overall, just stick with a group and make sure your safety comes first! It’s super great to participate in this sort of thing and I highly encourage it. If this is your first time doing a protest/walkout, then it will likely be somewhat outside of your comfort zone, which is ok. Anything that can actually make a change isn’t going to be polite or easy. It’s up to you to decide what you’re willing to risk in regard to disciplinary action or grades. But regarding your personal safety, that should always come first. Good luck and feel free to ask if you have any other questions!

18/100 Days of Booklr - Current read review:

#NeverAgain by David & Lauren Hogg
Rating: 5/5

From two of the students at the centre of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that spawned the #NeverAgain and March For Our Lives movements, this book shares what it was like in the weeks following the shooting and how a group of now internationally recognised teenagers came together to fight for gun control.

Told in the first person by the two siblings, this book is equal parts harrowing and heartwarming. David and Lauren both demonstrate incredible strength and eloquence as they describe their experiences and their intentions. I absolutely loved reading their perspectives on what happened and how they’ve dealt with it.

If you’ve followed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas kids at all, definitely look into this to see how things have gone behind the camera and to see what they’re hoping to do next.

1 Year

I know it’s Valentines Day and most people are thinking about how they don’t have a valentine and some of you might be hurt by that. However, I just wanna say that today marks the one year anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Shooting and that we should all be greatful that we still have at least some people who care about us, whether that be family or friends. We should also be greatful about how we still have ourselves here. There are many families here suffering about how they lost someone or almost lost someone they care about at that tragic event. Those victims were real people taken away out of hatred, ignorance, etc. and they should all be in our thoughts and also be our inspiration to make sure something like that does not happen again. Let’s all spread happiness and positivity and know that life is way too short to be bitter and hateful. Let’s all love.