Barack And Michelle Obama Sent A Touching Letter To The Survivors Of The Parkland Shooting
We will never forget the horrible Parkland tragedy that took away 17 lives. The massacre gave birth to the flame of protest against gun violence throughout the whole country. The Obamas wrote a letter to the survivors of the school shooting to express their admiration of the students’ spirit.
The horrible tragedy
It happened on February 14, when Nikolas Cruz, a former student of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, viciously killed 17 children with an AR-15 rifle. Many other students were wounded and left with life-threatening injuries.
Nikolas Cruz was charged with 17 premeditated murders in the first degree and 17 counts of attempted murder in the first degree. The prosecutors demand a death penalty for the shooter, while his lawyers ask to substitute it with a life-long sentence.
Wave of protests
Students formed a movement against gun violence and demanded reforms in this department. Children spoke out at conferences, protested in front of the White House, boycotted schools, and stormed social media.
The letter from the Obamas
After the students of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School got back to studies, they received a letter from the former president and first lady. This letter is dated March 10 and says how much the Obamas are inspired by the students. It also says that their leadership in the battle against gun violence ‘helped awaken the conscience of the nation’.
EXCLUSIVE: Here’s the letter @BarackObama and @MichelleObama wrote to the #ParklandShooting survivors. In it, the former president and first lady tell the teens that they’ve “inspired” them, and commend them on “awakening the conscience of our nation.” https://t.co/FOQYVguNFw pic.twitter.com/xEPHE6iUL2
— Mic (@mic) March 21, 2018
The full transcription of the letter:
We wanted to let you know how inspired we have been by the resilience, resolve and solidarity that you have all shown in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.
Not only have you supported and comforted each other, but you’ve helped awaken the conscience of the nation, and challenged decision-makers to make the safety of our children the country’s top priority.
Throughout our history, young people like you have led the way in making America better. There may be setbacks; you may sometimes feel like progress is too slow in coming. But we have no doubt you are going to make an enormous difference in the days and years to come, and we will be there for you.
We hope that the laws will change, and the world will become safer. We believe that all the victims of shootings didn’t die in vain!