Tommy: Are protesting students focused on the right thing?

Tommy Tucker, WWL First News
February 20, 2018 - 5:25 pm

There are many different types of teenagers. Some want to change the world. Others want to change their voice so Tommy can play hooky. I'll let you decide which type I was.  I did know other students who were of the want to change-the-world ilk.  Some actually are changing the world in their roles as doctors, judges, elected officials, engineers and more.  Others are changing it as parents or caring friends.  The point is their passion was pure. They had a vision and they did what they could to make the world a better place. I firmly believe that’s the case with the high school students now part of the #neveragain movement, begun by the students at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, rapidly spreading around the country.

Their purpose is pure. They want to change gun policy, however one defines that, in this country so no student ever again is forced to deal with an active shooter on their campus. That’s THE goal, a goal with which we all agree.  But is changing gun policy attainable? Would it be better to use social media, no doubt of which they are the masters, to focus on something that may be more easily achieved? Perhaps something that could be as, if not even MORE, efficacious? That was the discussion this morning as I suggested students turn inward, not outward, and use their influence and social media skills to deal with bullying, ostracisation and peer pressure.  Could the likelihood of these devastating attacks be lessened by doing something as simple as opening the social groups and cafeteria lunch tables to everyone?

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