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We Say #NeverAgain: Reporting by the Parkland Student Journalists

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We Say #NeverAgain: Reporting by the Parkland Student Journalists

On February 14th, 2018, there was a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Seventeen people --- 14 students, one teacher, and two coaches --- died that day. That moment mobilized the students of MSD. Students from the school began to speak out against gun violence, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and political leaders who were given support by the NRA. On March 14th, the MSD students and other students motivated by these students across America walked out in protest of gun violence, and on March 24th, the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School led the March For Our Lives --- a national march to protest gun violence and the loose gun laws. Now the student journalists from Marjory Stoneman --- along with their teachers Melissa Falkowski and Eric Garner --- have written the book WE SAY #NEVERAGAIN to shed light on these issues.

"It is clear how hard each student worked on WE SAY #NEVERAGAIN. Each essay is clear and well written....Their work is incredible."

WE SAY #NEVERAGAIN is a series of essays written by the Parkland student journalists. Each journalist writes at least one essay in this anthology on subjects like their passions, the shooting, extraordinary acts, the march, gun violence, politics and more. The book is composed of an introduction and three other sections. Each section focuses on a different topic --- the first focusing on activism, the second focusing on the school and the people and the third looking toward what is yet to come and how to prepare for it.

It is clear how hard each student worked on WE SAY #NEVERAGAIN. Each essay is clear and well written. Not only did these students manage to express themselves in a clear, calm manner, they also showed the raw emotion they felt through their essays. Their work is incredible. Melissa Falkowski and Eric Garner not only edited WE SAY #NEVERAGAIN, but they also contributed their own writing to the anthology. Along with the students, their contribution was beautiful and awe-inspiring.

WE SAY #NEVERAGAIN in whole is incredible. The MSD students make sure to show why gun violence is so horrible and why efforts need to be made to prevent it. In my opinion, the best way they explained this was not by directly saying why gun violence needs to be stopped. The best way the students did this was by showing it. The emotion in this book is palpable. WE SAY #NEVERAGAIN forces you to look in the eyes of victims of gun violence. It forces you to see the long-term effects --- not just immediate. The students make you see the full damage gun violence causes. They show the raw emotions that they felt while also managing to remain calm and collected and managing to bring hope for the future in their writing --- which makes this anthology so incredible.

I cried multiple times while reading WE SAY #NEVERAGAIN. I would not say that you could read this book in one day. I would say that in this time, reading WE SAY #NEVERAGAIN is so important. Not only does it shed light on gun violence, it also gives teens a voice in today’s society. While most people feel like teens don’t care, these students prove those people wrong by standing up and making sure everyone can hear their voices. WE SAY #NEVERAGAIN will almost definitely make you cry but will also definitely give you hope for the future. Everyone should read it.

Reviewed by Rebecca D., Teen Board Member on October 16, 2018

We Say #NeverAgain: Reporting by the Parkland Student Journalists
by Melissa Falkowski and Eric Garner