Santa Fe High School student Dakota Shrader is comforted by her mother Susan Davidson following a shooting at the school on Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas.(Photo: Stuart Villanueva, AP)CONNECT>TWEET>LINKEDIN 21 COMMENTEMAILMORE
Imagine how terrifying it must be.
Standing in the classroom you always stand in. A repetitive start to a mundane day. The same thing you’ll do tomorrow. At least that’s what you thought.
You hear some hazy commotion behind you. Something that you swear sounds like … and then someone screams. That first flash of blood. The wailing thought that cuts through the fog in your brain: run.
It happened again. At least ten people were shot and killed at Santa Fe High School in Texas Friday morning. According to NBC News, students heard a fire alarm go off. Then the shots.
A 17-year-old boy named Dimitrios Pagourtzis is in custody.
It’s the first major school shooting to take place since Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and killed 14 students and three faculty members on Valentine’s Day.
That shooting ignited an explosion of protests and political activism across the country. Student activists such as Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg became household names. Protesters swarmed the streets of everywhere from Washington D.C. to Evansville. Students walked out of their schools and absorbed either the ire or appreciation of the adults around them.
Some swore that things would finally change after decades of death. After these types of horrific episodes of violence became so common that you lose track of them. Another piece of bloody American wallpaper.
As usual nothing changed. And before Friday morning, most of us who hadn’t had children or family members of friends stolen by a bullet had likely moved on to whatever story was lighting up the news now.
But here we are again. For the love of Christ, let’s do something this time.
I don’t care what you think the problem is. Maybe you think it’s guns or mental health or lack of armed guards or armed teachers. Whatever it is, demand change. Protest again. Camp outside the home of your worthless, stupid congressman.
Do anything you can think of to prevent another child from bleeding to death in an American high school.
And if you did something after Parkland or Marshall County, do it again. The longer we wait, the more complicit we become.
“Was there a part of you that was like, 'this isn't real, this would not happen in my school?'” a reporter asked a Santa Fe student Friday morning.
“No ... it's been happening everywhere,” the student said. “I always kind of felt like eventually it was going to happen here too.”
Contact columnist Jon Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org