The survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have had it with the inaction of the GOP and the empty words of President Donald Trump. And they are making sure that their voices will be heard.
On the afternoon of February 14, 2018, former student Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with a .223-caliber AR-15 rifle, opened fire, and killed seventeen people. In the aftermath, politicians, including the president, took to Twitter to send out the now-cliched “thoughts and prayers” message that seems to be the only thing anyone is willing to do about these shootings. For his part, Trump at least attempted to change it up, by offering “prayers and condolences”. This time, though, the student survivors were having none of it. One Twitter user, apparently a student at MSDHS, replied to Trump’s tweet with some particularly strong language. She referred to Trump as a “piece of shit” and demanded action in place of empty words.
My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018
17 people are dead. 17 of my classmates. This is how you fucking respond? How much of a heartless dick do you have to be to tweet something like this. And btw as we were running for our lives we were calling 911 to the point that they told us not to anymore. https://t.co/MQWae1mGwv
— Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 14, 2018
Trump, who pretty much is the corporeal equivalent of foot in mouth disease, released a follow-up tweet, complaining that if the FBI (which is in charge of, as president) wasn’t so busy investigating his possible collusion with Russia, they might have been able to stop Cruz prior to the shooting. Doing this simply brought down all the fury of the students who had survived an unimaginable and horrific incident.
Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018
Many of the students commented on the audacity of Trump to make the shooting about himself instead of discussing the loss of seventeen lives. Two students in particular, have become incredibly vociferous in the need for gun reform, the empty words of politicians, and the lackluster response of President Trump. David Hogg referred to Trump’s tweet as “disgusting”. Emma Gonzalez referred to the inaction of politicians as “pathetic”.
We always say children are our future. These children are angry, they are tired, and they are ready for a change.