By N'agelie Lazo, Senior
Before you are a president,
Before you are a senator,
Before you are a representative,
Before you are a governor,
Before you are a mayor,
You are a human.
Humans were also once young students, sitting in a classroom, and thinking that school was a safe place.
This changed on April 20th, 1999.
This changed on April 16th, 2007.
This changed on December 14th, 2012.
This changed on November 14th, 2017.
This changed on February 1st, 2018.
Americans are desensitized to school shootings because it has sadly become our culture and is recognized as a normality within society.
This did not change on February 14th, 2018:
I should of cried. Instead I’m angry. Angry at you. Angry YOU took Alyssa Alhadeff (14), Scott Beigel (35), Martin Duque (14), Nicholas Dworet (17), Aaron Feis (37), Jaime Guttenberg (14), Chris Hixon (49), Luke Hoyer (15), Cara Loughran (14), Gina Montalto (14), Joaquin Oliver (17), Alaina Petty (14), Meadow Pollack (18), Helena Ramsay (17), Alex Schachter (14), Carmen Schentrup (16), Peter Wang (15). I am angry — you took me.
Do you see the issue or do you see no problem?
Do you want to protect guns or do you choose to protect children?
Do you want gun control?
We want reform.
I say this not only as a high school senior from iPreparatory Academy in Miami Florida, but also as a citizen of the United States of America.
I urge you:
WE elect YOU. WE chose YOU. WE rely on YOU.
By Kristie Rodriguez, Senior
Now, there stands fourteen empty seats in a sea of students at Stoneman Douglas High School.
Endless questions about security are raised because this country allows
Violence to be aimed by bullets.
Everyone knows the answer to such dilemma:
Regulation, regulation, regulation.
All we ask as parents, teachers, and students— citizens:
Give the second amendment a filter that will ensure safety.
America will continue to stand as home of mass shootings
If we don’t take a step forward towards justice for the victims who were
Never able to get back home after school on February 14, 2018.
By Laura Mejia, Senior
I Pledge Allegiance to the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
I Pledge Allegiance to the seventeen angels watching change unfold.
I Pledge Allegiance to the students transformed into activists.
I Pledge Allegiance to the March of Our Lives.
I Pledge Allegiance to #NeverAgain.
I Pledge Allegiance to all who call B.S. on the actions of our government.
I Pledge Allegiance to anyone who values life over the caliber of a gun.
I Pledge Allegiance to MSD students and faculty-
We Pledge our Allegiance to change.
By Nehemy Manigat, Senior
"Guns don't kill, humans do," yet
Everyone is armed.
Forget a background check--
Only income truly matters now.
Revolution is a step to change
Motivated by the
Senseless actions of a monster: we test
Democracy to see
If USA was made for
People or for money.
Ring the bells, sound the alarms because
Emotionally moved teens are extremely strong--
Prominent voices taking charge.
Watch out world, cuz now you’re ours.
By Georgette Delosreyes, Senior
On February 14, 2018, a mass shooting took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. A total of seventeen people were killed and fifteen more were taken to hospitals. According to Fox News, this mass school shooting now marks one of the world's deadliest school massacres recorded. In light of the horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, iPreparatory Academy is with the victims and their families.
We bow our heads,
we offer our prayers and condolences.
We say no more guns,
and say more gun control!
Never again we shout,
yet we fear for our lives and wait for another mass shooting.
How many kids need to be buried?
How many more cries do we need to hear?
We protest for more gun regulations, so that cries can be ceased.
We shouldn’t have to beg for change!
America stands with Stoneman Douglas High School,
but most importantly iPrep stands with you!
Students have responded to the emotions evoked by recent tragic events through poetry.