Today I feel like a proud mama lion. I’m proud of students and children all across America. I don’t personally know these children, but today I am proud.
I am proud of all the middle school and high school students who have had enough and decided that they need to become involved.
I am proud that they went back to class after their seventeen (or 20) minute statement.
I am proud that in only a few months or years their voices will be heard when they begin their marches into polling places across America.
I am proud that in tragedy, they have found compassion and grit.
I am proud that these children are acting like adults, when adults act like children.
I am proud that today these students said “no more.”
I am proud of the dozen Illinois State Senators who walked out in solidarity with the victims of Parkland, Commander Bauer, and all the victims of gun violence.
I am proud of all the students in Chicago who have been touched by gun violence. Instead of being angry that their voices were not heard before, they are using this time as momentum for their voices to be heard now.