HELLO, MY NAME IS MOLLY DORGAN
Hello, my name is Molly Dorgan and I am one of the March for Our Lives Asheville student organizers. The scary realization is that I know it easily could have been us. I think about that all the time. Everyday, someone could walk right into my school with a gun and we would be the next Parkland.
I know our mothers and fathers, even though they might not admit it, keep their cell phones near enough just in case of THAT text or THAT call.
I know my teachers are constantly running lockdown procedures over and over in their heads, before it was a worst case scenario, today it is a realistic possibility.
I can tell you that I and every other student in school right now has drafted a message and a plan in their head. To their mothers and fathers, their friends from other schools, their siblings. Planning out what they would say, what they would do. Just in case it was our last.
What a lot of people may not know is that we feel every one of those bullets. Every time a textbook is accidentally knocked to the floor we hear a bullet being fired. Every time we walk into the hallway, there is a gun pointed at our backs. Every time a door slams our minds go into maximum lockdown. I mean, our first thought as the bell rings is, “I hope someone doesn’t shoot me before I get to my next class.”
I have a friend who won’t even sit in a room unless it is locked. They won’t eat in the cafeteria and they full out sprint through the hallway to get to their next core. We all have felt those bullets in our hearts and it’s just a matter of time before those bullets hit our flesh. To all the politicians out there, we don’t want your thoughts and prayers, there are plenty of priests, mamah, pastors and rabbi that are praying for us. That is their job. Your job is to keep the people of this country safe.
We can’t just keep dodging bullets anymore. There’s nowhere else to go, no place to hide.
Our one chance at a future lies in solidarity and in realizing the necessity of our voices being heard.
This is not just a march, it’s a movement!
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