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Parkland Shooting Survivor Samantha Fuentes Is “Unimpressed” After Speaking With Trump

Survivors of the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida have been criticizing Washington’s hesitance to tackle gun violence, and Samantha Fuentes, a Latina teen who was recently discharged from the hospital after she was hit in the assault, is joining the roaring youth opposition movement.

While Fuentes, an 18-year-old senior at Marjory Douglas High School, was recovering from shooting wounds on both her legs, she received a call from President Donald Trump. Instead of feeling optimistic after her call with the commander-in-chief, however, she felt more concerned.

“He said he heard that I was a big fan of his, and then he said, ‘I’m a big fan of yours, too.’ I’m pretty sure he made that up,” the teen told the New York Times on Thursday. “Talking to the president, I’ve never been so unimpressed by a person in my life. He didn’t make me feel better in the slightest.”

She added that the president referred to the gunman, Nikolas Cruz, as a “sick puppy” and said “‘oh boy, oh boy, oh boy,’ like, seven times.”

Fuentes, who was left with a piece of shrapnel behind her right eye, will have to meet with specialists to get the fragment removed. Still, she plans on taking on the battle that her fellow classmates have embarked on while she was being treated: gun reform.

“I don’t know how Columbine wasn’t enough. I don’t know Sandy Hook was not enough. I don’t know how the Las Vegas shooting was not enough. I don’t know how the Pulse nightclub was not enough. I don’t know how any of it was not enough. But now it is,” she said Wednesday on The Today Show. “This is enough for me. This is enough for my message, this is enough for my platform, and I’m not gonna let anyone stop me. You don’t know the pain until it happens to you. You don’t know the fear and the sorrow and the disappointment and the complete and utter rage until it happens to you. And the truth is is that it doesn’t have to keep happening.”

The teen, who knew Cruz from the school’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, said shots were fired through a pane near her classroom’s locked door. Two of her classmates were killed.

That day, her class was learning about hate groups and the history of the Holocaust.

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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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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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