One of the leading Parkland Survivors, one who is at the forefront of the NeverAgain movement right along with David Hogg, was speaking at a rally recently when she literally and actually condemned the very idea that Nikolas Cruz shouldn’t have been bullied by his fellow classmates.
I am by no means making an excuse for that boy… he’s messed up but perhaps what she says here needs to give us pause and consider a different, and better alternative, to mean minimize (maybe even eliminate) school shootings.
In a video clip, Gonzalez said: “Since he was in middle school, it was no surprise to anyone who knew him to hear that he was the shooter. Those talking about how we should have not ostracized him – you didn’t know this kid! Ok, we did!”
This video makes me think of the Columbine shootings, which were very tragic in their own right. And how as more details were gathered about the frame-of-mind of those two, we learned how “outcast” they truly were in their school.
If someone had taken a second to get to know them or even Cruz… would things have ended up differently?
Gonzalez’s recent words have revealed that she and her friends themselves were very likely contributing factors to Cruz’s social alienation. This only casts further doubt on her supposed position of authority regarding the tragic situation.
Gonzalez and Hogg have demonstrated a fixation on taking away guns as the only acceptable solution, ignoring every other more important factor, in effect seeking to put every American in the same situation as their fellow students, when they defenselessly faced an armed shooter while police officers waited outside.
What do you think? I’ve seen a lot of headway on social media about changing the narrative of these protests into focusing more on lessening what it means to be “outcasts” in a school.
Yes, not every “outcast” is a shooter but is every mass school shooter an outcast?
But her words are backed up by other students. Student Alexa Miednik had this to say regarding a run in with the shooter and she claims DURING the shooting:
“Hey, Nicolas,” – this is what she told me on camera… – “Hey, I just heard shots fired and I’m surprised it wasn’t you. Just kidding.” He had the reaction “What?” and then they parted ways.”
“She said “I heard more shots after that.” She thinks there was a second shooter.”