Survivors From Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories
Edited by MSD teacher Sarah Lerner
This book was a powerful, emotional raw book to read. I had to read it in short spurts because I would get emotional and go back to that day watching the news filter in through the internet. The poems, journal entry accounts, pictures and drawings were done by the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas themselves. These kids lived that day and still to this day live that day. They experienced something I haven’t and can’t even imagine how it would impact me as an adult let alone a teenager. I work in an elementary school and have gone through the training’s – they scare me and stay with me long after I’m done. I can’t even wrap my head around it being the real thing. These kids are survivors, brave, strong and a voice that will not be silenced! We need to stand up with these kids – our kids and make sure this and other school shootings do not get swiped under the rug. Kids should not have to worry about this, their biggest school worries should be grades, friends, etc.. School is supposed to be a safe place and so many middle school and high school kids I’ve heard from are scared every day that this could happen to them and that breaks my heart. Each journal entry, poem, drawing and photo was a personal glimpse into what they are feeling after the horrific Valentines Day that forever changed the lives of so many at Stoneman Douglas. I know this book touched me and want to thank each one of them for allowing me to read PARKLAND SPEAKS.
The closig line from CAN’T YOU HEAR by Allyson Sheehy ” Can’t You Hear the screams now? Cause they are only growing louder.” PARKLAND SPEAKS is making sure that happens and I hope they continue to grow louder till reform and change happens.
About the book: Featuring art and writing from the students of the Parkland tragedy, this is a raw look at the events of February 14, and a poignant representation of grief, healing, and hope.
The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School share their emotional journeys that began on February 14, 2018, and continue today. This revealing and unfiltered look at teens living in the wake of tragedy is a poignant representation of grief, anger, determination, healing, and hope.
The intimate collection includes poetry, eyewitness accounts, letters, speeches, journal entries, drawings, and photographs from the events of February 14 and its aftermath. Full of heartbreaking loss, a rally cry for change, and hope for a safe future, these artistic pieces will inspire readers to reflect on their own lives and the importance of valuing and protecting the ones you love.
Thank you Crown Books for Young Readers and Get Underlined for allowing me to read this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.