The Valentine’s Day school shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School in Florida was not the biggest, and it may not be the last. But it will be the best known, marked in US gun violence history as the day the children stood up to their government and the NRA.
Until now, the victims of the school shootings have been only that—victims. All we’ve known about them is the images we’ve seen, their terrified flight from danger, their weeping faces, their bowed heads in the candlelight at the endless memorial services. But seldom their voices. After all, they were young, they needed to be sheltered from the press, and anyway, they had adults who spoke for them, their parents, their teachers, their sheriffs, their politicians.