Emma González Is Using A Costume She Wore For Halloween A Few Years Ago To Remind Us Of The Nightmare She Survived

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Friday, April 20, marked two major events that anti-gun violence advocates have hoped will bring about change. Not only did the date fall on the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine School Shooting that ravaged a small town in Colorado it also marked the country’s second National School Walkout of the year.

To show solidary with both victims of the school shooting at Columbine and the latest anti-gun violence movement, activist and leader Emma González dressed up.

Gonzalez redefined the color orange declaring it as a color for gun violence survivors on Twitter.

González posted two pictures of herself on the social media platform on Friday, both of which depicted her in an orange jumpsuit. The second photo featured the letters MSD on her back, which stand for her high school Marjory Stoneman Douglas where she and other students witnessed a shooter kill 17 fellow students and teachers this past February. González captioned the image with a message that read “Orange is the color for gun violence survivors, and we wear it today in solidarity of one another.”

González went onto explain that she had once used her orange jumpsuit for Halloween but was now using it solidarity with the 2015 movement #WearOrange. The hashtag was started by the family and friends Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl who was murdered in Chicago in 2013 after she was shot while leaving her school. Pendleton’s supporters chose the color to mirror on hunters who wear it to be seen while in the woods.

González further explained how the color also serves as a reflection of the way she and her peers have felt at their school in the wake of the shooting.

“This prisoner jumpsuit was my Halloween costume 2 years ago (OITNB),” she wrote. “But I wore it today because our schools are looking more like prisons and bomb shelters and less like the learning institutes our parents had the privilege of enjoying.”

Weeks after the shooting, Stoneman Douglas students returned to their school feeling invaded by new school policies that they complained made them feel like prisoners in their own school. In an attempt to prevent further incidents of gun violence, the school issued a slew of requirements for students including holding IDs on them at all times and using transparent plastic backpacks in place of the bags that carried their textbooks before the shooting.


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