I remember being a teenager. I never remember thinking that nothing bad would ever happen to me. Perhaps my anxiety issues made me overly paranoid that it wasn’t possible for me to think that way.
I remember how naive I was. I was very naive about drugs, gangs, and anything considered “streets”. I never wanted any part of any of those things either. I know some people in my age group were constantly talking about going to parties. I never did go to a single one. I had never heard anyone talk about guns as if they were cool.
As I watched my younger siblings grow up, in the same place that I did, I noticed that things were changing. The younger generations were becoming very avid party go-ers. Parties with getting shit faced drunk. Parties with drugs, eventually leading many of them down the road of addiction. Addiction leading them down the road of stealing or robbing just to get their fix. They were starting to gain more talk about guns.
For some reason, guns have become a “cool” thing. Teenagers now (not all of them of course, but the point needs to get out there) are doing some pretty obscene things. They are doing drugs at earlier ages. They are gaining access to guns. They are stealing. They think they are invincible and have zero respect for life. They are making up these asinine challenges that are getting them killed.
I just want to know what’s going on? What are people thinking that makes them think all of these things are okay? That the only way to address your anger is killing people. I really just don’t understand and trying to is extremely frustrating for me.
Just today there was another mass shooting in a United States high school. It brought me back to January 5, 2011 when there was a shooting at the very high school I attended, my 2 younger siblings in the building at the time. I remember that day so vividly. I remember the panic I felt as my mom and I stood nearby waiting to get to my brother and sister. The common denominator between that school shooting and the one today, both were troubled kids seeking revenge.
I just don’t understand it. The choices you make are what get you expelled. How is it someone else’s fault for your actions? Killing someone else because you didn’t follow the rules, just shows how truly immature they are. These teens need help. There needs to be more talk about all of these things and the lifestyles that these teenagers have in society today.
I want to send all of my thoughts to the families affected by the school shooting today in Florida.