Remembering Parkland

By Greta Risgin, Editor-in-Chief. Photo found here.

Amidst all the love this Valentine’s day — the endless chocolate, flowers, and singing valentines — it’s important to take time to remember. Today is a day for love and friendship, for hugs and kisses, and for cupid’s arrow to take aim, but it is also a day of sorrow. It was only one year ago today that America experienced the deadliest ever high school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Although this day should be filled with joy and love, we here at The Blue and White ask you to take a small piece of time out of your day to remember those who were killed in the Parkland shooting. As a high school and middle school, school shootings are often the headlines that get us to pay the most attention. High schoolers since past had to deal with red scares and the fear of nuclear war, but our generation has to face the threat of mass shootings in our schools. In only the past few decades it seems that more and more shootings are showing up on the news, to the point that we begin to think, another one? The numbers begin to become just that — numbers — and the news of a shooting loses its edge. Thirteen for Columbine, ten for Santa Fe, twenty-seven for Sandy Hook Elementary, seventeen for Parkland, and the list goes on.

Despite all this, we hope you can take a minute from your Valentine’s Day to remember those who have lost their lives. Remember the students just like you and me who won’t get to give a valentine today. Remember the families who are arriving at one year without their loved ones. Remember so as not to forget the pain, sorrow, and bloodshed of yesterday, so that we, the students who are defining what’s next for America, can construct a better tomorrow.