WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT... THE PARKLAND SHOOTING?
A shooter took 17 lives and wounded dozens more at a school in Parkland, Florida, on February 14. Students, school staff, and the community are reeling in the wake of this senseless tragedy.
As more details unfold, there are opportunities to make a difference - whether it’s today or weeks from now.
(We are updating this page as more information comes in)
Be critical of what you share
After major events, it’s common for fake stories to circulate online. One of the biggest conspiracy theories after the Parkland shooting was that some of the students who appeared on TV were actually hired “crisis actors” - a claim which has been thoroughly debunked.
No matter how thought-provoking it may be, any time that you “like” or share something yourself, you’re causing it to spread. Take a few minutes to do research. If you can’t find anything about it, then hold off - it might be fake.
Whether the source is a news site, alternative news site, or an individual who may claim to have a first-hand account, you can follow these simple steps to question the information and the source before you “like” or share.
Mark your calendar
Tragedies like this are devastating - especially the frequency at which they occur. What’s worse, we’ve become so used to this that many of us move on shortly afterwards.
Don’t become jaded. If you feel devastated or frustrated that this could happen, hold onto that.
Write down how this has impacted you. Then, mark your calendar for a few weeks from today. Come back to this issue and re-live how you felt. Then, visit this page or others to make a plan of how you can impact change.
TIP: keep an eye out for scams
If you want to donate directly to the victims, that's awesome and incredibly empathetic of you. But sometimes, scammers take advantage of this. Follow some tips to know if it's legit.
If you see multiple fundraiser accounts for the same thing, or if anything else looks fishy, report it. It might be fraud, and you can help protect others from being scammed.
Consider waiting a bit as information unfolds before donating money. Verified accounts will appear soon.
We will update this page with verified donation accounts.
Pick up the phone
The next time you're waiting for the bus, get on the phone with your representatives to tell them how you feel about this issue. Gun control is an incredibly emotional and polarizing subject, so it's important that you decide for yourself where you stand on the issue. Start by learning the basics on the Second Amendment, federal gun laws, and gun laws in your state - and do some digging on your own.
Calling is quicker, more direct, and more impactful than writing a letter, although you can also put pen to paper as an alternative.
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