PCC Joins the Nation in Solidarity for Parkland Victims on March 14th
On March 14th, in response to the Parkland Shooting, there were gun law protests all across the nation. The PCC campuses were no different. At cascade over 100 students walked out of their classes to say #enough is enough. Nick Carmack, the ASPCC Cascade President began by reading a list of the names of those lost in the Parkland shooting. The crowd was bustling but respectful despite the construction going on across the street.
He then dove into a prepared speech regarding his frustrations:
“We have the right to come to school and not get fucking killed.
We demand that our elected officials do their jobs.”
The crowd, which was growing larger by the minute shouted, in agreement. After Nick spoke, an unprepared student speaker approached the megaphone. They spoke about the pain of living in a culture defined as the space between school shootings. “It is not the reality I want to live.”
Don Baldwin, a cascade student, also shared his anger and fear:
“Each one of those names might have led us to world peace, found a cure for cancer. We are fighting for our future.”
About halfway through the demonstration, a group of teens led by one of their teachers, from Rosemary Anderson High School, an alternative school, arrived. They were boasting their own signs, and shouting their own rallying cries.
“What do we want? GUN CONTROL. When do we want it? NOW.”
Their teacher was among the last to approach the megaphone. His comments were more pointed, regarding the proposal to arm teachers,to which he had this to say:
“I don’t want a gun, I want more resources. I want mental health counselors, laptops, and books.”
His students also pointed out that some of the older students could buy a gun, but not weed. They considered that absurd.
The event closed with a long moment of silence for the victims of Parkland, and a mantra to never stop demonstrating. To keep the fire hot and strong until the legislation passes to protect our youth.
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