February 14th 2018

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

We will not let them forget you, little & big loves. Your life was too short & your country has betrayed you. For this, I am ashamed. For this, I am sorry. You should know, your fellow students are a force to be reckoned with. Your fellow classmates will be the ones to remedy this. It won’t be this nation’s leaders. It wont be us adults. The change that is coming will be directly accredited to you, & to your mates. They are strong. You were strong. Your inhuman treatment, even after death, will not be a quiet memory which gradually fades into neglect for action & a changed future. The time is now to be deafeningly present. When I think of the things you didn’t get a chance to experience, driving, graduating high school, college, knowing & experiencing an all consuming love, failing, rising, having children, when I think of these things I am mostly angry. Angry because the right to purchase weapons with ease is coming before your right to all of those things. I don’t understand the human condition or what drives the arguments coming from the other side right now, what I do know is it is at it’s most destructive measure in the United States. Sadly, I alone have nothing to offer you but the acknowledgment that you deserved more time, you deserved to be protected, & we (American’s) should have been better for you.

I’m sorry you are gone. I’m sorry the world failed you.

1. Jamie Guttenberg, 14
2. Martin Duque Anguiano, 14
3. Aaron Feis, 37
4. Gina Montalto, 14
5. Alyssa Alhadeff, 14
6. Scott Beigel, 35
7. Nicholas Dworet, 17
8. Christopher Hixon, 49
9. Luke Hoyer, 15
10. Carmen Schentrup, 16
11. Meadow Pollack, 18
12. Joaquin Oliver, 17
13. Alaina Petty, 14
14. Cara Loughran, 14
15. Alexander Schachter, 14
16. Peter Wang, 15
17. Helena Ramsey, 17



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