Originally published on March 26 in Thornton-Donovan School’s Overlook Journal, “Gun Violence: A Teen’s Voice Is Heard” is Editor-in-Chief Quincy Campbell’s call to action. If adults will not confront this alarming trend of gun violence in our country, then it is up to the children – our conscience, or at least what our conscience should be – to stand when others will not:
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced
On March 14, Thornton-Donovan joined millions of high school students from around the world partook in a historical 17 minute walk out in memory of the seventeen students who were killed in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. This was a moment in which together, we as teens proclaimed our fight against gun violence. But for the Overlook Journal, this is only the beginning. It has become too unbearable to stand by and watch as government officials and voters ponder what our safety is worth. We deserve a say in the matter.
The only way adults can come to a productive solution regarding teen violence is by adding teens in the equation. This is a problem concerning our lives, and the lives of our friends and siblings. We cannot be excluded from an issue we are involved in. Teens need a voice in this matter, and more importantly, we need an audience.
So for the next two weeks, the Overlook Journal will be releasing a series of articles, written by teens, regarding gun and teen violence. This will provide unique perspectives, insights, and facts in hopes of encouraging you to examine this issue in a teen’s point of view.
We encourage you, the reader, to share your thoughts and feedback on this content, so we can discuss ways on how to make it even better.
-Quincy A. Campbell
Editor and Chief