Obama Eagle Editors React to Florida School Shooting

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Amanda Rose Jones and Isaac Degenholtz

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On February 14th, 2018, in Parkland, Florida Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a school shooting took place. Nikolas Cruz, the nineteen year old perpetrator, was armed with a semi automatic weapon, multiple boxes of ammunition, smoke grenades and a gas mask. Authorities said Cruz pulling the fire alarm to start mass panic and the evacuation of the scholars of the school. He then went from hall to hall, gunning down random students who were roaming throughout the corridors.

The nineteen year old student, Nikolas Cruz, was expelled from the school previously for fighting. The man is now being charged with what is one of the ten deadliest mass shootings in American history. He has been charged with 17 charges of murder, further allegations towards him have yet to be made. Stoneman Douglas High School, will be closed for the rest of the week. Additionally, the district will provide grief counselling to the students and their families.

Although this incident is very tragic, many people have taken to the internet to call attention to the massive number of school shootings the United States has faced over the past eighteen years. As well as just the first two months of this year. Many young adults and high school students no longer want to hear the same story of tragedy and how thoughts and prayers are with the victims. People are requesting a policy change in how we handle gun sales and firearm licences as well  as what types of weapons are available to the public. Many times this has been brought forth to Congress with no actual changes, such as after the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. This means that people are doubtful that changes will occur after the shooting.

Conversely some are calling for more guns especially in schools. Although a so called “Good Guy with a Gun” theory has never been proven to work, many have brought it up as the solutions to school shootings. Although it is a rather reactionary strategy, numerous people have hailed it as being the method to stop school shootings, particularly after the Sandy Hook incident.

Furthermore, it is imperative that a real solution is found to end this vicious cycle of tragedy in American society. Without one, the story of what happened to the students of the Stoneman Douglas High School will have been for nothing.

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Amanda Rose Jones, Editor

I've always enjoyed writing, it's been something I've taken part in since I was a young girl. When I came to Obama and saw Journalism as an elective course...

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