By Daniela Ceja 42Fifty Staff Writer
Feb. 14, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. experienced one of the world’s deadliest school shootings at the hands of a former student. The death of 17 students sent waves of controversy and emotion throughout the rest of the country, including the Oswego community.
Upon hearing the news, students reported feeling saddened by the deaths, but overall, unvexed–a shocking reality that many students now live in.
“I’ve become so used to it, it’s not even surprising anymore,” Abby Bartle, a junior, admitted with a deflated shrug.
Her friend, also a junior, Natalie Jobes, remembered her initial thoughts being more inquisitive, “I was questioning why people were making such a big deal out of it now instead of before when we’ve had so many other school shootings. Like, why now?”
Both Bartle and Jobes describe sentiments students have unfortunately grown to have; school shootings are so common now a days, it’s hard to not feel desensitized.
When asked whether or not they feel safe in their school, students expressed mixed feelings; some feeling that the school is doing everything it can to keep its student body safe, while others confessed that they wanted more to be done.
Students offered possible precautions, including more active discussions around the topic, more drills, and even higher security around the entrances.
Senior Daniela Garcia, a student who used to go to school in the Chicago area, described her experience with higher security as positive; “The nice thing about metal detectors is that you get close to security, so you know who to trust and who to ask for help in that situation.”
While no metal detectors have been installed, students have noticed a difference in the school’s attitude toward school shootings. Many teachers have discussed the issue with their students, creating more awareness and discussion. And, likewise, a difference has been detected in students as well.
“I think the teachers are more concerned,” Lily Lantz, a senior noted, “and I think the students are angrier.”