Alison Hanna, class of 2019
Parkland Speech

The number of school shootings in the past few years are far too many to count, and I absolutely hate that. I cannot fathom what the families of the Parkland victims are going through. For everyone who has been affected by a school shooting in any way, my thoughts and prayers are with you. But the biggest thing that is causing all of these shootings is hate. It has to stop. This constant spread of hate on both sides. It is only encouraging the violence. And believe me, I endorse gun control laws one hundred percent. But if we keep contributing to all of this hostility, they are not going to do anything. The gun control laws may help, but in the end, it is us who decides to use those guns. This is the time for us to come together as a nation. This is the time to show some love, even to our enemies. And if my words do not convince you of this, then maybe the words of Lin-Manuel Miranda will: “We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger. We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer. And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside. Now fill the world with music, love, and pride.” Stop the hate. Stop the violence. God bless you all.