#IfIDieInASchoolShooting: American students share heartbreaking messages amid increasing school shootings
Reports state the number of casualties from school shootings is even more than military casualties in the same period this year.
Students across the United States are taking to Twitter to express their frustrations against lack of action from lawmakers to tighten gun control regulations in the country amid increasing mass shootings in schools.
#IfIDieInASchoolShooting is trending and that is the sad reality of America— Lane Murdock (@lanemurdock2002) May 20, 2018
There have been a total of 22 school shootings so far this year, killing 31 people in the country so far. Reports state the number of casualties from school shootings is even more than military casualties in the same period this year.
The latest school shooting, which occurred last week on Friday in Santa Fe High school in Texas, claimed the lives of 10 people, mostly students. The number of school shooting casualties this year was increased by the Texas shooting and the Parkland school shooting on February 14.
Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida, opened fire on the campus with his legally-bought AR-15 rifle, killing 17 people. Most of the victims of the massacre were students and teachers. The Parkland massacre is deemed as the deadliest mass shooting in 2018 so far.
Reports state that without the Texas school shooting and Parkland shooting, the total number of casualties would be have been four deaths in 14 school shooting incidents so far this year.
Students on Wednesday began tweeting messages with the hashtag, #IfIDieInASchoolShooting, sharing what they would miss out on if they died during such a shooting.
#IfIdieInASchoolShooting is one of the most tragic hashtags ever.— Augustus 11 (@Augustus709) May 20, 2018
Children are basically going to school in war zones and getting through school alive is now an accomplishment.
Here are some of the heartbreaking messages shared by students across the country:
#IfIdieInASchoolShooting or any shooting, I want to be buried right next to my brother.— Zion Kelly (@zionkelly18) May 20, 2018
#IfIDieInASchoolShooting— Rachel Myer (@RachelMyer5) May 22, 2018
The nation will mourn only for a few weeks, then forget. Please. I don't want to be forgotten.
#IfIDieInASchoolShooting I’ll never be able to travel to new places, learn from them, and change the mess of a gun policy we have in the United States.— Sammy Vertucci (@agoldentrashbag) May 22, 2018
#IfIDieInASchoolShooting protect my little sister so she doesn’t die in one too— emma saw Infinity War x3 | nsfr (@zooweamama) May 20, 2018
#IfIDieInASchoolShooting My 8 younger siblings will have to grow up without their oldest sister, i’ll never graduate high school or college, i’ll never get to work in dc like i’ve wanted to since i was young, i’ll never get to create change— jaxon // #NEVERAGAIN (@jaxonomara) May 20, 2018
#IfIdieInASchoolShooting i will only become a statistic. i will never be able to go to college. my dog will always wonder where i went. i will become a hashtag. i will never be able to fight for my life again. please don’t let gun violence continue.— presley leland // NEVER AGAIN (@depressedlypres) May 20, 2018
#IfIdieInASchoolShooting— jenna (@idioticjenna) May 20, 2018
i will never
- get married
- have children
- go to college
- buy a car
#IfIDieInASchoolShooting I will never get to study astrophysics, I will never get to rescue future dogs in need, I will never be able to see my siblings grow into the people they are bound to be, I will never be able to walk across the stage with my peers.— Gemini (@hmmaaxx) May 20, 2018
#IfIdieInASchoolShooting— dassi kaplin | #NEVERAGAIN (@dassi4change) May 20, 2018
I will leave behind...
-an autistic brother who needs his sister.
-A mother with multiple sclerosis who needs help with her IVs, etc.
-A father who told me I could be anything in the world.
-A grandmother who took me in after both my parents couldn’t. https://t.co/c9XDGufpWM