#IfIDieInASchoolShooting is trending, and the world is feeling like an even more bleak place
We’re only five months into 2018, and there have already been 22 school shootings this year alone. CNN figured out that that averages to one school shooting a week, which is beyond horrendous. Since this nightmare has become so much more common, students are taking to Twitter with the hashtag #IfIDieInASchoolShooting, and their posts are completely heartbreaking.
The gutwrenching hashtag can be traced back to 18-year-old college freshman Andrew Schneidawind. He told Teen Vogue that the Parkland school shooting, which killed 17 people, had a huge impact on him — and he decided that he needed to take action. Because, you know, people in power are clearly doing nothing.
“I cried for four hours the day that it happened,” he explained. “I was sad, and then I got angry. I thought, now is the time for me to step up. Now is the time for me to do something.” Schneidawind decided to start the hashtag #IfIDieInASchoolShooting, and plans to mail all the tweets to lawmakers who are against gun regulation.
I'm gonna try and get a hashtag trending called #IfIdieInASchoolShooting. If you wanna join, feel free. #IfIdieInASchoolShooting I will never be able to finish my animated TV series, I'll never be able to see my sister again, and I will have to become a martyr. #NeverAgain
— Andrew Schneidawind (@SoldierSchnyd) May 20, 2018
Responses to Schneidawind’s hashtag will break your heart into one million pieces. Some kids talked about everything they’d be leaving behind and all the goals they’d never get to meet.
#IfIDieInASchoolShooting My 8 younger siblings will have to grow up without their oldest sister, i’ll never graduate high school or college, i’ll never get to work in dc like i’ve wanted to since i was young, i’ll never get to create change
— jaxon // #NEVERAGAIN (@jaxonomara) May 20, 2018
i will never
– get married
– have children
– go to college
– buy a car
— jenna (@idioticjenna) May 20, 2018
#IfIdieInASchoolShooting then I’ll never get to publish my book, celebrate my sweet 16, get married, or see my children grow to be wonderful people.
— Caspen (Cas) Becher // #NEVERAGAIN (@casforachange) May 20, 2018
#IfIdieInASchoolShooting I will never graduate high school, get my driver's license, or go to Europe. I'll never finally learn how to ride a bike, I'll never drive on the Pacific Coast Highway, or see my brother again (he lives in New Orleans). I'll never get married.
— Michael Pincus (@michaelpincus26) May 20, 2018
Others demanded that their deaths be politicized. No thoughts and prayers and time to heal messages. They want action.
#IfIDieInASchoolShooting please politicize the fuck out of my death. please use my death as activism to prevent others from dying. please put my body in the NRA parking lot
— ian quick (@ianquick_) May 20, 2018
#IfIdieInASchoolShooting politicize my death. It’s not too soon to talk about guns. It’s too late.
— Sofie Whitney (@sofiewhitney) May 20, 2018
#IfIDieInASchoolShooting Please politicize tf out of my death. Please use my pictures, life, and story to push for common sense gun laws. Please use my stolen voice and make sure it never becomes another statistic. Please use my death as activism to prevent others from dying.
— kaylee (@kaylee7474) May 20, 2018
And they had some choice words for the NRA and politicians who are literally just standing idly by.
#IfIdieInASchoolShooting remove my spine and give it to Paul Ryan, he needs it.
— shea🌻 (@SheaAlanna) May 21, 2018
#IfIDieInASchoolShooting dump my body in front of the White House.
— john barnitt (@John_Barnitt) May 20, 2018
#IfIDieInASchoolShooting deliver my heart to dana loesch on a silver platter because she’s a heartless woman and clearly needs a new one.
— jordyn #NEVERAGAIN (@jordynzoe_) May 20, 2018
#IfIDieInASchoolShooting plaster my face outside of every politician Who accepts money from the NRA’s office so every day as they walk into work they have to look into the eyes of someone who died because of their inaction and think of their own children or someone they know.
— Lauren Hogg (@lauren_hoggs) May 20, 2018
Meanwhile, adults were looking on completely horrified by what their children are dealing with.
It is a goddamn national disgrace that our kids are having to tweet #IfIdieInASchoolShooting
— Krista Vernoff (@KristaVernoff) May 20, 2018
Hey, grown-ups. Children are tweeting under #IfIDieInASchoolShooting. Take a look.
Some want their bodies dropped off @NRA headquarters. Many want their deaths politicized. They have eulogy suggestions and funeral preferences.
Children in America.
— Sandra Steingraber (@ssteingraber1) May 20, 2018
Schneidawind later took to Twitter and gave a big shout-out to everyone who helped boost his message. He also put out an important call-to-action for anyone who wants to make a difference.
“Thanks to everyone with the #IfIDieInASchoolShooting trending,” he wrote. “If you wanna further help, take your tweets and mail them to your representatives. Send them politicians who take money from the NRA. Visit their offices and tell them yourself. This might actually work!”
You’re welcome in advance for all the mail, Marco Rubio.