It’s officially been over a week since the Florida shooting, but students refuse to let the world forget what happened to their peers and mentors on February 14. Young people across the country have rallied together to take on the NRA and GOP lawmakers and have pushed for a change in gun policy, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed — in fact, the whole world is watching.
These teens have been through an immeasurable amount of shit in one week (like, you know, when a bunch of old white dudes accused them of being crisis actors hired by Democrats because they wanted gun control after their friends were literally murdered in the same building they were in), but they’ve got a ton of people who have their backs, including the former POTUS and FLOTUS.
I’m in total awe of the extraordinary students in Florida. Like every movement for progress in our history, gun reform will take unyielding courage and endurance. But @barackobama and I believe in you, we’re proud of you, and we’re behind you every step of the way.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 22, 2018
Young people have helped lead all our great movements. How inspiring to see it again in so many smart, fearless students standing up for their right to be safe; marching and organizing to remake the world as it should be. We've been waiting for you. And we've got your backs.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 22, 2018
Their messages of solidarity and support are making us all a little emotional — as are the teens who are stepping up to make a difference.
— X González (@callmeX) February 22, 2018
— Janelle Krennrich (@jkrenn11) February 22, 2018
— Van (@vaneitaadams) February 22, 2018
Now, if only our current POTUS could construct a statement that made the rest of us feel supported and heard…
Oh. Leadership. Right. I forgot what that sounded like. https://t.co/vwFngQAzam
— Charles Hawley (@charles_hawley) February 22, 2018
Keep doing what you’re doing, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students. You’re making our nation — and our leaders — proud.