February 22, 2018
"The wolf shall lie down with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together…and a little child shall lead them." –Isaiah 11:6
"We are students. We are victims. We are change." These were words on a sign carried by Schaumburg High School students as they walked out of school yesterday. The event ended with 17 minutes of silence in honor of the 17 students who were slain. One student, Jenna Whalen said, "For me, it was a realization that 'angry' was too tame a word for how I am feeling today."
These voices are new voices. These are not voices from persons solidified behind the barriers of party lines or competing ideologies. These are voices of victims and witnesses. They have BEEN THERE, standing in classroom where dead bodies lie. They are crying out in grief for their dead teachers, fellow students and coaches. As one student standing in front of the state capital of Florida said, "They are dead because you failed."
The voices of children are cracking open the walls we adults have been mortaring shut for decades. Let us listen. Let us learn. Let us act.