Kirsters Baish| It has been reported that Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has stepped up their security game following the tragic mass shooting that took the lives of 17 students and faculty members. While one would think that students would be relieved to see more police presence after such a horrible tragedy, but one group of students is less than pleased.
The Miami Herald reported:
Tyah-Amoy a Marjorie Stoneman Douglas student said conversations about gun violence have to include police violence. She asked, the same people who showed up for #MarchForOurLives–will they show up for #StephonClark? #AltonSterling? #SandraBland? pic.twitter.com/QIhvy9gYHD
— Nadege C. Green (@NadegeGreen) March 28, 2018
Some of the black students have turned the gun violence conversation into a conversation about police-involved shootings, which means that not only has the debate gone from gun control to accusing the police of unnecessary violence, but it has also turned into a racial quagmire. A community organizer for Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward, Tiffany Burks, helped to bring students together on Wednesday to protest. Burks claimed that black students asked her to come to the school after they noticed an increase in police presence on campus. They claimed that having grown up hearing about Trayvon Martin and Alton Sterling, they do not trust the police. It’s important to note here that adults such as Burks are involved in every aspect of organizing these protests.
Burks claimed that students were in fear by what seemed like “a thousand police there.” They claimed that it made their school “feel like a prison.” She stated that she hopes that students will start a conversation about being more inclusive of all in questioning why police have guns on campus.
Is this woman serious? Police have guns in order to protect citizens from people like Nikolas Cruz. After all, if anyone with a gun had confronted Cruz, lives could have been saved on February 14.