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Remembering the Victims


Desiree Pecore

As Hartwick moves forward and remembers the event that happened last week we the students, the faculty, administration, and staff remember the seventeen lives lost in South Florida, lives that ended too early, cut short by one boy’s decision as he walked into the high school that day with a gun.

Together we will remember the names of these victims from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School:

Alyssa Alhadeff, 14

Martin Duque Anguiano, 14

Jaime Guttenberg,14

Cara Loughran, 14

Gina Montalto, 14

Alaina Petty, 14

Alex Schachter, 14

Luke Hoyer, 15

Peter Wang, 15

Carmen Schentrup, 16

Nicholas Dworet, 17

Joaquin Oliver, 17

Helena Ramsay, 17

Meadow Pollack, 18

Scott Beigel, 35

Aaron Feis, 37

Christopher Hixon, 49

These were people, not unlike ourselves, who were going to school to get an education. To meet with friends, to go to work, to go to class.

They had interests, not unlike ourselves: reading, writing, soccer, dance, swimming, and football.

Yet, unlike ourselves on Wednesday, they went to school and their lives ended. On Valentine's day—a holiday that is supposed to promote love and friendship between people. We cannot let their deaths be overshadowed by the coming hate that will be sent to divide us.

We shouldn’t care about ethnicity, race, gender, or sexual identity. Because we as a Nation are mourning, as one country, the loss of seventeen people who can never be brought back to life.

No one should have to fear being shot while trying to better themselves. No one should have to put themselves in harms way to save another person from a bullet. No one should be scared to go to school.