Location: Santa Fe, Texas
Organization: Orange Generation
Why I Fight: Despite living in the town over, when I was old enough for kindergarten, my parents enrolled me in the Santa Fe school district. They went through the hassle of driving me an extra 20 minutes each day because they believed that the small town of Santa Fe was the safest place for their children. I believed it too, especially when I moved here in the second grade. Everyone knew everyone. Nothing bad ever seemed to happen in our quiet town. I believed I was safe until February 28th, 2018. Exactly two weeks after the shooting in Parkland, we had a shooter lockdown for four hours. Though it just a precautionary lockdown, it still made me feel uneasy. That night my dad tried to quell my anxieties by saying that I would always be okay. “The chances of something so terrible happening to us is one in a million, you have to accept that it won’t happen in Santa Fe”. Three months later, it had happened. I was present at the high school on May 18th, 2018. I had to run from my supposed place of safety. I had to read about my school on the news. I had to go to visitations and funerals. You never think it will happen to you, until it does. That’s why I fight, because until the gun violence epidemic has been solved, no one is safe. Unless we change something soon, another small, safe town will be shattered like mine.