By Dan Koch - @danvkoch
I'm originally from Long Island, New York. I moved to Florida in 2009. I currently reside about an hour and a half north of Tampa. Parkland Florida is about three and a half hours south-east of where I live.
It still feels like this happened in my backyard.
My daughter is 1 and a half. Even before this shooting occurred, I have a part of my brain that inherently knows that there’s a small chance that one day, a school I’m working in may fall victim to this sort of thing. A disgruntled child. A scorned one. A child who feels like the world has constantly dealt them cards which they can’t possibly play to their advantage.
And they want the world to pay.
Will this be fixed by the time my daughter is in school?
I’m really struggling with this; the most recent of tragedies to befall our nation’s schools, teachers, and most importantly, our kids. Kids died. Again.
I’m not here to talk about guns, or give you my thoughts about legislation. There are those in places of power and influence that hold the keys to that kingdom, and I’m not one of them - aside from my power to vote.
I found myself struggling to point these feelings of grief somewhere today, not 24 hours after this horrific event unfolded. I spoke to a few friends, some teachers, some not, near and far away. We all agreed that we needed to do something—anything—but remain quiet about it. There are those on the other end of the spectrum that seem to never shut up about things like this, but I believe far too many exist on the latter side—never speaking up.
I read a tweet just a few minutes ago that said the following:
Maybe that’s it. Frankly, I’m tired of listening to other adults that continue to play into the pendulum-swinging arguments that will never coalesce into action. Kids are smarter and more emotionally mature that we care to give them credit for—especially in times like these.
In my desperation to do something—anything—of value here, I made a FlipGrid as a space for kids (and adults) to share what we should do. Anything. How to deal with this emotionally. How to take steps for change. How to spread joy. Love. Change.
Feel free to share with your kids, at home and in your classrooms. We’re sharing using the hashtag #YourVoiceYourWorld.