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Twitter Has A Theory That Parkland Shooting Victims Are The IRL Version Of Dumbledore’s Army And J.K. Rowling Just Confirmed

Sam Fuentes has bullets wounds in her both of her legs and bits of shrapnel lodged behind her cheek and right eye. Still, despite the very real and painful ways that her body carries the memories of the day a fellow classmate shot her and killed 17 others with an  AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle, Fuentes proved over the weekend that nothing can keep her voice down. Not even her nerves.

Fuentes was mid-speech at a March for Our Lives event when she threw up in front of a crowd of over five hundred thousand people.

The high school student and survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was in D.C. delivering both an impassioned speech and poem that she’d written when she became ill and vomited. “Lawmakers and politicians will scream guns are not the issue,” the gunshot survivor said at the student-led demonstration. Before she could finish, Fuentes choked up mid-sentence and turned her head to throw up on stage. It was a moment that anyone else might have felt too mortified to continue through but Fuentes had a message she knew she had to finish. After taking a moment to collect herself, Fuentes raised her hands and shouted: “I just threw up on international television and it feels great!”

Whether or not Fuentes was sick, overwhelmed by the crowd, or experiencing symptoms of her PTSD from the shooting have yet to be made clear, but either way she decided to power through. As another student from her high school stood at her side, Fuentes completed her speech and pleaded to lawmakers to work out a compromise so that we can “save one another.”

Fuentes’s presence on stage was filled with various emotionally arresting moments, but one of the most touching came after she led the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to Nick Dworet, a fellow classmate who was murdered during the Feb. 14 shooting and would have turned 18 on March 24.

Fuentes’ moment of illness left many watching completely without words.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was brought to tears on camera while doing live coverage off Fuentes’s speech for the march.  “You don’t fake this stuff,” he said while dabbing at his eyes with a tissue. “This is real emotion.”

Even J.K. Rowling was moved by Fuentes and the conviction that helped her to finish her speech.

Rowling’s tweet was, for many, validation of a spreading comparison on social platforms of the Parkland survivors to Dumbledore’s Army from the Harry Potter books. Think about it, these kids are bright, proving themselves to be fearless while under threat and also ready to fight for and save an entire country.

Fuentes and her fellow classmates are going to change the world and don’t you forget it.

Watch Fuentes’s powerful speech below.

(Please beware some might consider the moment that she gets ill on stage to be sensitive.)


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After Two Parkland Students Commit Suicide, Community Unites To Share Mental Health Resources

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After Two Parkland Students Commit Suicide, Community Unites To Share Mental Health Resources

One year after the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., two students have died in apparent suicides, compelling the community to come together and share mental health resources.

On Saturday, a sophomore at the school, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting last year, took his own life. One week prior, Sydney Aiello, 19, a recent Stoneman Douglas graduate who lost her best friend in the massacre, also ended her life.

As the Florida’s emergency chief Jared Moskowitz calls for the state Legislature to send more mental health resources for the high school’s students and faculty, calling mental health a “bipartisan issue” on Twitter, the community has stepped in where the state government has been slow to respond.

On Sunday, more than 60 school, county, city, child services and law enforcement officials, as well as mental health specialists, teachers and parents, met for an emergency meeting. Ryan Petty, father of Alaina Petty, a 14-year-old freshman who was murdered on Feb. 14. 2018, said that the school district will be giving parents the “Columbia Protocol, six questions that parents should ask their children, the Miami Herald reports. Based on their answers, they will know what emergency resources are available to them. Additionally, nonprofits are offering free therapy groups and services.

Online, it’s students, former and current, who are using social media to offer resources to those still suffering from the trauma and loss of last year’s school shooting. David Hogg, who graduated from Stoneman Douglas in 2018 and has become a fierce anti-gun advocate, took to Twitter, reminding Parkland students and grads that trauma doesn’t go away quickly.

“Stop saying you’ll get over it,'” he wrote. “You don’t get over something that never should have happened because those that die from gun violence are stolen from us not naturally lost. Trauma and loss don’t just go away, you have to learn to live with it through getting support.”

According to Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, who spoke with Teen Vogue, witnessing traumatic events can lead to symptoms consistent with acute stress disorder, including recurring memories, dreams or nightmares of the event; mood changes; irritability and more. These memories, she adds, can lead to negative thoughts, hopelessness, trouble sleeping and more.

Hogg wants youth to know that these symptoms are normal and that they can be managed through help, like therapy, talking with friends and family, meditation and self-care practices.

He, along with others, shared his own self-care routine.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, know there is help available. For immediate support, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. If you’re experiencing a mental health crisis and are unsure where to turn, you can also reach out to the Crisis Text Line by sending HOME to 741741.

Read: Survivor Of Florida School Shooting Emma Gonzalez Is Turning Her Anger Into Political Activism

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Two Survivors Of Mass Shootings That Took Place Just A Few Months Apart From Each Other Sat Down For Breakfast This Weekend

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Two Survivors Of Mass Shootings That Took Place Just A Few Months Apart From Each Other Sat Down For Breakfast This Weekend

Emma Gonzalez and James Shaw Jr. are each other’s heroes. Over the weekend, the two survivors of mass shootings that took place just a few months apart this year sat down for breakfast at a Denny’s in Florida with other students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

On Saturday morning, Gonzalez retweeted a photo of her with Shaw and called their meeting “legendary.”

Only two months after 14 students and three staff members died in the Feb. 14 school shooting at the Parkland, Fla. high school, Shaw found himself wrestling a gun from the hands of a shooter who entered a Nashville area Waffle House and killed three people. Nearly a week after Shaw’s encounter with the shooter, Gonzalez found herself receiving praise from rapper Kanye West, who described the Cuban-American as his “hero” on Twitter. In response to the tweet, she posted a photo of Shaw, referring to him as her hero.

“Meeting the young adults of the Parkland incident so much fire and inspiration in their eyes was a great joy,” Shaw said in a post to his Twitter account after meeting with the students at breakfast on Saturday. “I met one of my heros today.”

Gun violence has turned both Gonzalez and Shaw into fierce activists.

Since the shootings, both survivors have worked to help the families of gun violence victims as well as fight for stricter gun laws.  On March 24, Gonzalez led fellow survivors in a mega-march in Washington, D.C., called March For Our Lives. The activist has since set out to push for the funding of federal gun violence research, a ban on assault weapons and universal background checks. Shaw set up a GoFundMe campaign that raised more than $240,000 for the Waffle House shooting victims’ families.

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