It was a remarkably powerful moment that emerged from terrible tragedy as STEM School Highlands Ranch students got up and walked out of a vigil held for victims of this week’s school shooting when the event turned political.
A vigil for the victims of the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting in Colorado that was organized by Team ENOUGH, part of the gun control group Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, prompted a walkout by students opposing what they viewed as politicization of the tragedy.
2020 presidential candidate Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America activists made remarks that prompted some students to leave. Students then held their own vigil outside and chanted “mental health” in response to the calls for more gun control.
Students from the #STEMshooting in Colorado stormed out of a rally organized by gun-control advocates Wednesday night after growing angry about the politicization of their trauma. pic.twitter.com/uCLEqt89VY
— Trevor Hughes (@TrevorHughes) May 9, 2019
Powerful moment when STEM School kids spontaneously started shouting, “mental health! Mental health!“ Anguish at adults not recognizing their pain and the pain of their classmates. #stemschoolshooting pic.twitter.com/8U0lAfh64o
— Jenny Brundin (@CPRBrundin) May 9, 2019
What a poignant thing to see high school students with a far better grasp of the school violence issue than the self-serving politicians and media pundits who continue to largely ignore the true cause of this violence – mental health issues.
For decades our youth have been overprescribed, underappreciated, and given over to the dark abyss of social media and now all of society is paying the terrible price.
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