Virginia Gaffney, ATX
There are so many things I want to say. Things I stayed up all night thinking to write. Things I know I would want said to me if I was in the shoes of the survivors and community of MSD, Parkland, Broward County. Things that are ringing in my head, demanded to be written and read and heard. But nothing reverberates more than the feeling of hope I have when I see the words of the community itself. I am miles away, praying my brother and friends and cousins all get out of school safely just like I did. Praying that I will never see my town turned into a hashtag. I am praying for that luxury. I am working for us all to have that luxury. We are all working. To the 17 eagles soaring high, and to the hundreds on the ground, you are the epitome of what it means to be American. Never again, and never forget.
We Remember 17 from 2/14
Martin Duque Anguiano
Peter Wang pic.twitter.com/t4gpEwa0k6
— Parkland Talk (@ParklandTalk) July 14, 2018
5 months.. its been 5 months since I had my last conversation with Nick. It’s been 5 months since I last saw Meadow and Guac on my snap. 5 months since I last talked to Helena. I continue to fight for my friends day in and day out. 17 lives. 17 names. 17 legacies. Remember them.
— Carey Hughes (@Hughezy24) July 14, 2018
Good. As the father of Jaime Guttenberg who was killed in Parkland I will also work to protect the 2nd Amendment and to pass gun safety laws. In order for that to happen, I will gladly travel to your district and work to defeat you. Have a nice day. https://t.co/sSn8futrKA
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) July 14, 2018
5 months since the shooting.
A handful of laws have been passed.
It hasn’t been enough, though, and it can never be enough. We can never bring them back. We can never give our peers the childhoods they’ve lost.
All we can do is continue to fight, and I will fight until I die.
— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) July 14, 2018
@marcorubio I visited your FL office today and even though you wouldn’t even let us in to the building where we tried to arrange a meeting I gave one of your staffers the present that I brought for you. He said he’ll give it to you but just in case it doesn’t make it here you go pic.twitter.com/pcZ5qpMNhI
— Lauren Hogg (@lauren_hoggs) July 13, 2018
It doesn’t get easier but everyday we get stronger. pic.twitter.com/mqzf9asp4r
— Lauren Hogg (@lauren_hoggs) July 14, 2018
Seventeen lives cut short.
I will be loud & fight the rest of my life for Alyssa, Martin, Scott, Nicholas, Aaron, Jaime, Chris, Luke, Cara, Gina, Joaquin, Alaina, Meadow, Helena, Alex, Carmen & Peter. #NeverAgain #MSDStrong #OrangeWaveInNovember
— Sarah Lerner, CJE (@mrs_lerner) July 14, 2018
He was and is truly an angel and hero! I miss him so much 🧡🧡🧡 https://t.co/t9x3K3nGK3
— Hannah Karcinell 🦅 (@Han_inthemirror) July 12, 2018
Came across this brick tonight by the stadium by accident. “Carmen Schentrup always a gator forever and ever.” She received her acceptance just 5 days before the shooting. #NeverAgain pic.twitter.com/4Rc030LKNb
— Never Again Florida (@NeverAgain_FL) April 23, 2018
Happy birthday to this beautiful angel, Jaime Guttenberg. Your legacy is carried on through your family, friends, & now…the world. It was an honor to dance with you — I promise I will keep fighting.
— Jaclyn Corin (@JaclynCorin) July 13, 2018
five months. i miss you.
— cat | #msdstrong (@catibbetts_) July 14, 2018
There are no words to describe the past 5 months.
There are no words to describe February 14th.
— Alex Wind (@al3xw1nd) July 14, 2018
Jaime would’ve turned 15 today.
2016: I surprised her with her gift at nationals
2017: I took her to dinner at The Melting Pot
2018: I sat alone at her grave and read her a birthday card
This isn’t the way things should be. Happy birthday in heaven, my sweet little sister. 🧡 pic.twitter.com/ol9fXu4WAN
— Jordana Comiter (@jordanacomiter) July 13, 2018
5 months. I hope you all see the hard work your parents, your peers, and your students are doing for you. We love you. We keep fighting for you.
— Ryan DeWerff (@ryan_dewerff) July 14, 2018
There's certain songs that I associate with the victims. And every time I hear any of those songs, I get goosebumps. Every time. I can't help but feel like that's a sign, a sign that they're with me still. That they're up there somewhere looking down at us.
— Ryan DeWerff (@ryan_dewerff) July 15, 2018
5 months ago, our families and lives were changed forever.
Even though we cannot change what happened on 2/14/18, we are advocating for other changes…#RoadToChange @ChangeTheRef @MFOLOrlando@Team_Enough pic.twitter.com/IxX7697xPF
— April Schentrup (@AprilSchentrup) July 14, 2018
5 months.. there’s not a single day where you guys aren’t on my mind. it should’ve never been this way. i love you always. pic.twitter.com/50eIRUEavd
— alyssa goldfarb 🍒 (@alysgoldfarb) July 14, 2018
5 months. Almost half a year, but it feels like no time at all. Both an eternity and barely a moment since our lives were forever changed. Remember our eagles today. Remember we are #MSDStrong
— Delaney Tarr (@delaneytarr) July 14, 2018
For everyone asking, here is a thread of ways to help the Parkland community and students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
— natasha #NeverAgain (@sighnatasha) February 24, 2018
5 months and it still doesn’t feel real. Everyday is for our 17 and we are going to make a change. Rest easy 💛👼🏻 I miss you.
— Aly Sheehy🦅 (@Aly_Sheehy) July 14, 2018
5 months without seeing Feis everyday in the senior parking lot. 5 months of not seeing meadow in my law class. 5 months of not seeing Guac at lunch. 5 months without seeing Nicholas. 5 months without seeing hixon. 5 months without my 17 angels. forever & always my loves ❤️🦅
— lexi #neveragain (@lionheartlex) July 14, 2018
I can’t believe it’s been 5 months since our lives changed so much. 5 months ago we were supposed to celebrate love & now we continue to mourn our 17 eagles. i love you & miss you more & more each day ❤️
— Charlotte / MSDstrong (@charbieber12) July 14, 2018
Some families form by blood. Others through time. And some form through shared experiences.
The brave souls from Parkland are family to me now. Not just because of our shared pain. But because we also share the belief that together we CAN make this world a better place. pic.twitter.com/4Xj7kuB7Ll
— Brandon Wolf (@bjoewolf) July 14, 2018
five months. still makes no sense, we’ll never find the answers we want and it gets worse every day. I love you meadow and miss you so much. We’ll never forget you and we’ll continue to push to make sure we fix it pic.twitter.com/XIezndKLIf
— Adam Pollack (@adam_lionel15) July 14, 2018
Yesterday I shared my “Truth Is” poem for the first time at the @Team_Enough and @RoadToChange/@AMarch4OurLives Orlando Block Party. I shared my truth concerning February 14th and the loss of my uncle. What’s your truth?❤️🧡 #TruthIs pic.twitter.com/i0bTuwOtSv
— Aalayah Eastmond (@AalayahEastmond) July 14, 2018
Just because some parents of the 17 victims aren’t speaking out, doesn’t mean they aren’t hurting. Be sensitive and acknowledge every life we lost.
— Kyrah 🌻 (@kyrahsimon) July 14, 2018
The former principal of Columbine High School spoke last night to a group of survivors about things going back to normal:
“After 5 months it is not normal.”
“After 19 years it is not normal.”
“There is no normal.”
“This is not normal.”#EnoughIsEnough
— Ryan Deitsch (@Ryan_Deitsch) July 14, 2018
Five months ago, our lives were normal.
Five months ago, we lost 17 eagles who would’ve changed the world for the better.
Five months ago, the families of the victims lost their children, their siblings, their husbands, and their fathers.
It’s been five months.. Never forget them
— Anisha Saripalli // #NEVERAGAIN (@Anisha4Change) July 14, 2018
Never forget Chris Hixon https://t.co/tyemCyGtEF
— Tyler Goodman #DouglasStrong (@tgiii_) July 11, 2018
Never forget, never forget, never forget.