The fear of school shootings is not unknown at Chaparral High School. The students here have gone through drills and occasionally times where there have been shooters near the school. After the mass killing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students are saying enough is enough. After the mass killing students are beginning to fight for their rights as future leaders of America, not teenagers who can be silenced by old white men in charge. After the mass killing things are changing, whether that be through mental health initiatives, being kind to one another, or gun control. After the mass killing the adults are learning from us for a change. After the mass killing students all across the country have taken matters into their own hands by leading walkouts and other efforts. Such as the national marches that took place in 843 cities around the world. The March for our Lives rally that happened Saturday March 24th at the Denver Capital was a success as it not only got people together, but it allowed for everyone’s voice to be heard. Every single person could voice their opinion, whether it was through signs or screaming at the top of their lungs. Either way everyone wanted to express their need for action and for change. The streets were crowded with children, five and six year olds, teenagers, teachers, parents, and people shouting for an act of congress. The March was organized largely by teens and young adults, in similarity to the sister marches everywhere else.The father of one of the fallen Columbine victims spoke in front of these thousands of people. He said, “This is your Vietnam.” This is our generation’s call for change and change that we want now. This is our call for action and safety for everyone who has to walk inside of a school and has to fear that they won’t see their loved ones again. The change that they asked for is that there is no fear in school, that there is no person who can target children and others with weapons of war. And whether or not congress wants to listen, they will hear us roar until change is made and lives are safe.
Story by Ava Houghton