Kirsters Baish| There were nationwide walkouts on Wednesday in high schools around the country. Students claimed that they were in remembrance of the 17 students and staff members killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month.
A lot of these young activists claim that gun control is the best response to these violent attacks, but some offered different steps. A Washington student explained that she wanted to see her peers be kinder to one another. She believes that bullying is a big factor in school shootings.
iFIBER One News reported that Angelica Mansfield was the one student out of a group of 200 at Moses Lake High School who addressed the whole group.
In her statement, the student shamed other students for failing to turn their anger into action. She explained, “Before we just stand here for 17 minutes and don’t do nothing, because that’s what we’re going to do right now, I just wanted to say, like, we’re out there for a shooting — school shootings — you guys are all at a school, OK?”
Mansfield told her peers that shootings like the one that took place in Parkland, Florida “are happening from these kids that you guys are cornering out, that you’re bullying, that you’re doing all this stuff to because you think it’s funny.”
She insisted that bullying is an extremely important problem and it had deadlines consequences.
She stated, “All of these kids just want to be themselves, they want to be who they want to be in their own school. They’re here to learn. They’re not here to bully. Kids shouldn’t be shooting up schools; we’re teenagers.”
Mansfield did not belittle victims of bullying, but instead she expressed a desire for her peers to rise above this reaction so they can instead show empathy to those who need it the most.
She explained, “You should say that you love your neighbor. You should be there for them, sit with them at lunch, tell them that you’re their friend, that you’re going to be there for them whenever they need you.”
Mansfield explained that everyone can benefit from kindness. She stated, “Just because they’re already dealing with bullying at school enough, and they have their own problems at home whether you know it or not. Everybody does and I don’t know why it’s so hard to be nice and care and love each other. Like, it’s not hard.”
She did speak to the fact that some of her fellow students would laugh at her and shun her for sharing her differing opinions, but she continued, “I don’t care, because somebody said something while we were out here,” she said. “Somebody stood up.”