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After the latest mass school shooting, the nation is reeling from another event that demonstrates that no community is safe from slaughter.  The victims of the Parkland shooting have led a nation-wide movement for change over the past six days.  Green Hope has students with connections to the victims, and those who passionately campaign for change.  At the Falcon Newsfeed, we want to hear your voice.  Tell us the response you want to see, and what change you want to see in the community you live in.  

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17 Responses to “#whyGHwalks”

  1. Cole Hannen on February 20th, 2018 9:15 am

    I am confused on what the change is going to be, and how it will affect our community and other communities. Gun control? Even if this is true, there will always be a chance to get a hold of deadly weapons as a high school kid. It’s just like drugs; new restrictions are always coming out, but the amount of people using them never seems to go down. I like the idea of showing that we care about the shooting, but I just don’t see how change could slightly affect anything, if anything at all.

  2. Chloe Anderson on February 20th, 2018 9:23 am

    I think this is a really good idea. There have been 18 school shootings since January 1st, 2018. No one should have to live thinking “It could be me or my school next.” or “My siblings could die from a shooting today.” This needs to stop.

  3. Andrea on February 20th, 2018 10:18 am

    This past week has been a nightmare in our country. What happened in Florida was a tragedy, where sadly 17 lives were lost. It is also important to remember that there were 12 other tragedies, just like this one, in the past 10 years. That makes 13 incidents where lives were lost, and nothing was done. 153 deaths, and nothing has changed. 153 families who lost someone, and still we do nothing. This has to change. We can’t just stand by as parents worry if they’ll ever see their child again, when they drop them off to school. We can’t stand by as children fear for their lives. We can’t stand by and just watch children and teachers get masacred. We can’t loose another 17 lives just because kids and teachers went to school. We always say something should be done, but nothing will be done if no one does it. If there was ever a time to stand up to fight for safety, for peace of mind, for no more lives lost, it’s now.

  4. Anna Counter on February 20th, 2018 1:47 pm

    In the United States mass shootings are so common that its starting to become a norm. Its becoming part of life as American, and that’s insane because this is not the way it is in other parts of the world. Its time people started pushing for the type of laws that have real life proof of protecting people. Even if the laws don’t immediately change, its important to keep pushing for change and to not just accept the deaths of our friends, classmates, siblings, and fellow Americans.

  5. Kevin on February 20th, 2018 4:34 pm

    I fail to realize how this will accomplish anything. Are lawmakers inside GHHS? Is the President going to be in attendance? Head of the NRA?
    How will this be anymore than a school-supported feel-good session?

  6. Brogan on February 20th, 2018 6:25 pm

    Gun control is unconstitutional. #2ndamendment

  7. Sarah Patisaul on February 20th, 2018 9:17 pm

    I know that yes, this is only a demonstration and correct, we aren’t lawmakers. However, hundreds of thousands of students participating in peaceful protests like this will help catch politicians attention and show them that we, the citizens actually mean business. With all the attention brought to this issue by the walkouts, more people are inspired to call their senators and convince them to support the people as they should. These small acts help to bring us together and start the talks needed to employ vital things like strict gun control. Because of this, I’m glad that GHHS is supporting the movement.

  8. jared cartee on February 20th, 2018 9:51 pm

    18 school shootings, “shooting” meaning a gun was discharged on school grounds. 5 actually took place during school and the rest were either accidental or when the school was closed.

  9. C on February 21st, 2018 7:07 am

    I am not against the walk if it was to commemorate the people who died, but I feel like this is more political/ about gun control. While I don’t think it’s a bad idea to have psychological evaluations before someone gets a gun, I don’t think we should band guns completely. It’s our second amendment right and I know a lot of people have said that but also because you might need to defend yourself with a gun. What happened in Florida wasn’t about gun control it was about the people who could have stopped him not doing anything. Most people at the school knew something was wrong with the guy who shot the school.

  10. Kaela Belingon on February 21st, 2018 9:02 am

    When people are asked which country is the safest to live in, the first country that is considered is, of course, the United States. Yes, on the outside, the US may seem safe and secure, but look into it’s internal conflicts and you’ll see why it is not. They say that schools are safe, but how can they be safe when students our age, our classmates, can purchase a gun here in America? Why is it that a person not old enough to drink can purchase a device that can instantly take lives? No, America is not safe. No one in school, at work, no one anywhere is safe. The problem is, we have to keep this gun control mentality going if our goal is to get the government to place more restrictions to the current gun policies.

  11. Justin on February 21st, 2018 6:20 pm

    I don’t get the point of this walkout. Aren’t we supposed to be commemorating those who died from the recent school shootings? Instead, students are inclined to “protest” for gun control when half of the student population doesn’t even know the purpose of the walkout. We say we are protesting for gun control, but what exactly does that mean? There’s already laws in place preventing the mental illed from getting guns. In fact, many countries around the world have similar laws. However, only the US is experiencing this problem at this rate. I’m not sure what to do next, but there will always be mentally ill and crazy people in America. Gun control will not do anything significant, it’s our people that will have to change. Just think of it like this: how often do you hear about other species/animals on Earth committing such horrendous acts on each other? Very rare! I’ve never heard of cheetahs mass killing other cheetahs. Humankind needs to cleanse their souls.

  12. Bryan on February 21st, 2018 9:01 pm

    I think the best solution to this problem is to arm the teachers. If we don’t arm the teachers, we will have no chance of fighting back. It’s either this, or we station police officers such as the one at Greenhope. The gun free zone sign at the front of our school will do nothing to prevent someone like nikolas Cruz from coming in there and slaughtering unarmed masses of people. No amount of gun control will stop these types of things.

  13. Finn McBride on February 21st, 2018 11:59 pm

    It is absolutely horrible what has happened in Florida, what makes it even worse is that the FBI had been warned twice about the shooter before it happened. Gun laws are not the problem or the solution. I am on board with a walk to stand with the victims of trauma and violence in Florida. I am not on board to support a group of students who want to use me and people who may not think like them in order to get their own political agenda carried out. I personally would feel much safer if I was able to carry my own weapon anywhere I want, because the only thing you can truly control with or without laws are your own actions and thoughts. Now this will not happen, but I would feel much safer if teachers or security officers were armed at all public schools. People are scared of this, but people often don’t realize that schools and libraries are two of the few government buildings not protected by someone with a gun. This makes schools the most frequent target, and schools hold America’s most valuable resource, our future. No matter what laws are passed guns will not be removed, students say they want change but they are one sided, walks like this can too easily become about anti-gun agendas rather than being about keeping our schools safe. The world is not a safe place, some places, especially GH will try to make it seem like it is, but bad people exist and will always exist and will find ways to do evil no matter the consequence. I for one would rather be prepared for when it happens again. As much as I wish guns meant for killing people didn’t have to exist, they do, and I certainly don’t want to see the only people having them be the bad guys.

  14. SJ on February 23rd, 2018 12:49 am

    While arming teachers may seem to be an effective solution at face value, you have to realize the mental state teachers need to be in in order to pull the trigger and actually kill an armed person. While anybody can get training on gun usage, training your mind to pull the trigger on someone who probably wants to kill you would take a long time; perhaps some months or even years. You can’t train people after a short time to reflexively kill somebody, especially if they are under enormous amounts of pressure or when their own lives are in danger.

  15. Anonymous on February 26th, 2018 12:58 am

    I no longer attend Green Hope High School, as I graduated two years ago, but I see that Green Hope is doing this walk out and I am extremely pleased to see this. Something I’m not pleased to see is some of these comments though; realizing that people truly don’t understand 1. the purpose of this walk 2. the facts that have been released about the incident that happened and 3. the problem at hand. The purpose of these walk outs are to stand up for what is right and to take the first step at stopping gun violence. It is also a way to show our condolences for the family and friends that lost loved ones. For people that commented saying ‘No one warned anyone’, countless students turned Nicholas Cruz in. Countless adults did as well. You can simply google it if you’d like to see these accounts. For example, a woman contacted the FBI…yes..the FBI in early January stating that she believed Cruz was going to go ‘crazy’ and could ‘shoot up a school’. To which the FBI did NOTHING. In November the woman that was taking Cruz in to live at her home was forced to call the police because he got into an argument with her 22 year old son and had a gun pointed to his head. The incidents go on and on about how sick this child is and how people TRIED to warn others. Now, the problem at hand here is that this 17 year old got a hold of a gun, took this gun, and shot and killed 17 innocent people. Yes, it is very possible that with gun laws Cruz could’ve still obtained a gun because ‘just because drugs are illegal doesn’t mean you can’t get them’ BUT it would’ve made I.T ALOT harder for him to do so if the appropriate gun laws were in place. Lastly….do you really want teachers to have the ability to carry guns on campus…because in middle school one of my teachers threw a desk at a kid because she got frustrated with him…I don’t think anyone would’ve liked if she had a gun. Some teachers can be just as crazy.

  16. Liv on February 27th, 2018 10:14 am

    Whatever happens. Whoever makes a decision. That doesn’t matter. We have to make a change. Whether it’s safer schools or gun control, this outrage has to spark change. This was not the last straw. Las Vegas was not the last straw. Charleston Church was not the last straw. The last straw came when innocent lives were ended, families were torn apart, and places of safety became unsafe. I will walk because I want change. What that change is, I don’t know and I don’t care. Something must change. I don’t want others to live in fear. I don’t want to live in fear. I just want change. I walk for every one of the 17 lives. For the 14 year olds. For the teachers. For the families. I’m tired of mourning. Tired of news. Tired of tragedies. Tired of silence.

  17. M on February 27th, 2018 5:51 pm

    Why does GHHS walk?
    We walk because we are tired of seeing schools and children targeted in premeditated attacks.
    We are tired of America brushing school shootings under the rug after a few months because they aren’t important enough to warrant the world’s attention.
    We are done with politicians on either side doing nothing but releasing languid statements and making excuses to cover up their own inaction.
    Conservative or liberal, we all agree that these attacks must stop. Whether you think the solution is to increase or decrease gun control, it needs to be talked about to come to some kind of solution. This conversation should have happened a long time ago.
    I walk, not because of my political leanings or to advocate for my solution, but rather to promote conversation.
    I am sick and tired of silence and people failing to even bring up possible solutions because of a fear of backlash.
    I encourage everyone to advocate for more conversation tomorrow at noon. Regardless of political leanings or what you think should be done, we all need a candid conversation about this topic and a day of remembering our fellow students and teachers who suffered on February 14.
    Thank you.

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