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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.

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Wondering What You Should Bring To ‘March For Our Lives’ This Weekend? We’ve Got You Covered

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Wondering What You Should Bring To ‘March For Our Lives’ This Weekend? We’ve Got You Covered

This Saturday, activists across the globe are turning up for the fight against gun violence and taking part in the worldwide March For Our Lives Event. As you gear up and prepare for the rally, it’s important to know what to expect and have at the ready.

From keeping an I.D. on hand to bringing that weird fanny pack here’s a list of things to do and pack before the protest.

Find a march location and decide how you will get there.

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This is something you won’t want to leave until the last minute. One million people are expected to attend the event taking place in downtown D.C. alone. For anyone taking part in a march that is located in a big city, be prepared to tackle busy and slightly hairy public transportation systems, particularly because so many people will be trying to go to one place. Plan out safe routes that will help you get to and out of the march once its over.

Make it count, remember to sign the petition! (And RSVP)

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Make sure your presence at the rally is known on a platform that’s more valuable. Sign the March For Our Lives petition and make sure to also RSVP for the event. Signatures matter and signing the online petition will help push this movement forward. Don’t forget to continue your efforts after the march by voting and ringing up your local representatives.

What to wear, what to wear.

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Stay up to date on the weather and be prepped for unexpected showers and snow. Now is definitely not the time to let the weather rain us out. If you suspect that there could be even a slight drizzle pack a light poncho or raincoat.

Reliable shoes: Remember, you’re going on a march. Get your feet into a pair of reliable comfy shoes that you can walk in for hours. Don’t forget to wear cozy socks!

Bags: You’ll need a place to AT LEAST keep your I.D., some cash and your cell phone. (If you’re packing rain gear, snacks, and water you’ll also want to have a bag that has space for that.) There’s no better time to wear that fanny pack you’ve been feeling iffy about than now. Or, go for a cross-body bag. Avoid big bulky purses that your mom won’t be around to carry for you, or could get you into trouble with security*.

Things to pack.

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Food and drink: Marches go on for hours. If this is your first time marching make sure you have everything you’ll need to be comfortable and energized. Energy snacks like granola and protein bars are great to bring along, but also be sure to pack water (keeping hydrated is essential.)

Ponchos: Even if you don’t have a poster to bring, your hands will be occupied. Opt for a poncho or coat (bonus points if they have pockets!) instead of an umbrella so you can keep your hands free.

Phone charger: Make sure you have a portable phone charger on hand in case of any emergencies.

Signs: It’s possible that people will be handing out signs for you to carry at the march, but if you really want to make a statement, make your own!

A teeny first-aid-kit: If you wear the right shoes, you probably won’t have to worry too much about blisters. But you can never be too prepared when it comes to Band-Aids.

Medication: If you need any medication, be sure to bring it with you. You will be allowed to bring medicine through checkpoints, but you can avoid any problems by making sure to keep your medication in their prescription packages and bottles.

Bandanas:* We’re hoping to have a peaceful protest this weekend, but just in case things get out of hand, be prepared for worse case scenarios which could include tear gas.

*There probably won’t be tear gas or mace sprayed at the event but canisters will likely be present because of security. In a scenario where tear gas is sprayed, be sure to protect your eyes and lungs. Poor water onto your bandana and hold over your nose and mouth as you leave. Don’t attempt to rinse your eyes out with water, seek medical assistance for this first. Because most of the marches have been approved by the city there will likely be medical personnel at the event you attend. If you suspect tear gas could be sprayed at your event, consider wearing glasses instead of contacts.

Identification: Having your I.D. on hand is important for everyone, but for trans marchers, it is doubly important that you have identification that matches your gender identity should you run into any emergencies.

Stay safe.

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Bring a buddy: When you go to a big event like this you should never go alone. Stay safe and make sure you have at least one friend who can keep an out for you and vice versa. The buddy system is crucial here.

Have a plan: Hopefully, you won’t get separated from a friend, but there’s a slight chance that you will. Have a plan of where and what time to meet your friends if you do get separated and someone’s phone dies (bring that charger!)

Stay away from counter-protestors: Anyone who shows up to the march this weekend to counter-protest is looking for a confrontation. Don’t engage with anyone who yells at you or attempts to get violent.

Send us your pics!

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Don’t forget to share your pics and videos from the march with FIERCE. Send us your photos with the hashtag #FIERCEESMarch and post your images in our comments section on FB!

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