Imagine hiding in a closet in your classroom hearing screams while texting your mother “I love you” because you don’t know if you’re going to come out alive. Sadly, this has happened to many people before and if we don’t do anything about it, there’s no way students can feel safe going to school.
Last Thursday on November 14, another school shooting took place in Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California. It started that morning at 7:30 a.m when 16- year-old, Nathaniel Berhow removed a .45-caliber pistol from his backpack and promptly shot five students before he turned the gun on himself.
Tragically, two students, 15-year-old Gracie Muehlberger and 14-year-old Dominic Blackwell lost their lives that day a few hours after the shooting occurred. Three other students were severely injured with gunshot wounds and were taken to the hospital.
Many students weren’t surprised that there was a shooting because gun control laws in America aren’t strict enough and results in kids being able to access guns easily. One student described the shooting saying, “Backpacks strewn over the campus where children dropped their belongings and ran for safety. We remember barricading the doors and huddling the kids in the corners of our classroom.” Kids were crying as they ran to look for spots for them to hide in. Another student said, “The shooting at my school will be yesterday’s news, nothing will come of it, and nothing will be done.”
Hearing what the students had to say about the shooting made me realize, we can say things like, “we will do something about gun control” but nothing will happen if we don’t actually go to measures to stop it, which is why we had another shooting and as scary as it sounds, it will continue if nothing is done about it.