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November 16, 2014 at 9:10 AM

School shootings: Can you hear the yelling?

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Can you hear them now? After they’re dead and gone? On the news, day after day, all I hear is another school shooting here and another killing there. And people say, “It’s sad, they were so young, oh, another one.”

Yeah, another one. Day after day, death after death, child after child.

When will it stop? When will it all stop? When will you listen?

Yes, you. You don’t listen to youths — what do they know? I mean, you adults have been on this Earth for, 40 years. They — us — haven’t experienced anything yet.

Well, that would be true if we didn’t live every day in fear of being shot. If the teens at the high school didn’t witness some of their closest friends being killed. If the children at the elementary didn’t have to hide in a closet while they heard a gunshot and a scream that sounded exactly like their teacher.

That’s the truth, you’re just too scared to hear it!

We’re scared, too. We shouldn’t be. We don’t have to be. I don’t want to go to school every day thinking about which exit is the closest and what can I use to protect myself in case of a shooting. I don’t want to practice lockdown drills every time something happens at another school.

They’re dead: people my age, who attended classes and had friends like I do. They played sports and sang and danced and lived and breathed.

But they aren’t here anymore, all because you want to keep your guns. Because it’s “your right to bear arms.”

We have rights, too. We have the right to live. We have the right to fight for what we want. But you’re not putting up much of a fight.

It needs to end; it will end.

And if you won’t listen, then we’ll just have to yell louder.

Sheer Yedidia, age 15, Redmond High School student

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