Teens are responding to gun violence by sharing what they'll miss if they die in a school shooting

Mimi Launder
Tuesday 22 May 2018 11:30
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The gun debate has once again reached a fever pitch following the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, where ten people were killed - eight students and two teachers.

We're only 20 weeks into 2018 and there have already been 22 school shootings where someone was hurt or killed, averaging out as one a week and meaning more people have died school shootings than in the US military this year.

A Santa Fe High School student named Paige summed up the pervasiveness of school shootings when she now famously told a local outlet that she "always felt like eventually it was going to happen here too".

Now, the hashtag #IfIDieInASchoolShooting is going viral on Twitter, as tens of thousands of people - many of who are children - are listing the milestones they'd miss out on if the were die in school and sharing instructions for where they want their bodies to go in an effort to fight for gun reform.

'I'll never be able to see my sister again.'

Andrew Scneidawind was the first of many to tweet using the hashtag.

'I'd get to see Carmen again.'

Emma Gonzalez, Marjory Douglas High School student and survivor of the attack that left 17 dead in February, turned gun control activist, used the hashtag as an opportunity to remember her friend Carmen Schentrup who was killed.

'I could finally bring Feis the Starbucks he never took me up on.'

Ryan Dietsch, a survivor of the Parkland shooting and student activist, remembered football Aaron Feis who died shielding students from the shooter.

'I will never get to study astrophysics.'

'I'll never fall in love for real.'

'I will never graduate.'

'I will leave behind an autistic brother who needs his sister.'

'My mother will be left all alone, her only child would be dead.'

'The news will talk about me for a while and then forget about me.'

'Put my body in the parking lot of the NRA.'

'It's because I will be a human shield over my students.'

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