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Maggie Hollerman, News Editor

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Imagine this, you’re at school, just like any other day. You’re worried about that math test you have later and you and your friends are all planning to go to Starbucks after school and chat. Suddenly, the fire alarm starts to go off and you think, “oh it’s just another fire drill.” You think nothing of it and everyone seems pretty calm. It’s not until your class isn’t exiting the building that you figure something is up. You don’t know what it is, but this isn’t normal. Then your teacher tells you something gut-wrenching, something no one should ever have to hear, there’s an active shooter in your school. You don’t know if your siblings who also attend the school are safe; you don’t know if your teachers or your friends are safe; you don’t even know if you’ll live to tell this story.

As stated in The Washington Post article, “Scared by School Shootings,” more than 187,000 students have been affected by a school shooting since Columbine in 1999. Almost two decades after Columbine, the first major school shooting in America that left 13 students dead, very little has been done. Right after Columbine, many reforms were suggested, but very few of them were actually accomplished. Many small things have been proposed to try to change this, but that doesn’t seem to be working. Maybe if something big was done earlier, those 187,000 students affected by school shootings, would not have experienced the pain of having a gunman come into their school. That is why we need change in America and we need it now.

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