To Learn Or To Die

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On Valentine’s Day Nikolas Cruz, 19, walked into his former school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., with a semi automatic gun and the intent to kill. Cruz left floors painted with blood and shattered people’s worlds when he took 17 lives along with the piece of mind of others. Feeling overwhelmed, my heart went out to the victims’ families that have been traumatized. There’s a time and place to die, but I certainly do not think that it is in a school setting.

Time after time, educational institutions, especially public schools fail to ensure the security of students in times of terror such as this. This makes me wonder, where were the security guards? Where does the metal detector come in? Why did the FBI not do more follow-up on the anonymous tip passed on about Cruz? Why was no serious attention paid about the guns and dead animals that Cruz posted on his social media accounts?

Had the school participated in an active shooter drill and had the school required anyone entering the school to walk through a metal detector, things enforced by CPS schools, this horrific incident could possibly have been prevented. I won’t put CPS on a pedestal because there are flaws in the Chicago Public Schools System regarding safety and security precautions. However, these effective security measures that prioritizes the lives of students, leaves parents and children with the sweet serenity of feeling secure.

It’s these little precautions that schools need to take to prevent students and staff from losing their lives for no reason. Until gun control is properly addressed and the school system comes up with effective safety precautions, lives and educations will continue to be at stake and sacrificed. What are the next steps that need to be taken to spare America from yet another tragedy? With this being said, let’s move forward as a nation, rectifying this issue that is so prevalent, learn, and heal.


Jada Daniel, Junior, Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep


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