Quantcast
Connect with us

Parkland survivor blasts claim students were responsible for bullying the shooter: ‘Weak excuse for failures of our gun law’

Published

on

In the wake of the Parkland shooting it’s become popular to assign some blame to survivors and victims who may have mistreated the shooters.

If other students had only been nicer to the shooter, the argument goes, it all could have been avoided. It’s the idea behind Walk Up Not Out, and spread by people like Angelica Mansfield, a High School student who blasted fellow students who walked out of school to protest violence.

ADVERTISEMENT

“These shootings are happening from these kids that you’re cornering out, that you’re bullying…because you think it’s funny. And it’s not funny,” she said. “All of these kids just want to be themselves, they want to be who they wanna be in their own schools.”

A new essay by one of the survivors destroys this narrative. In a New York Times essay called “I Was Kind to Nikolas Cruz. He Still Killed My Friends,” Parkland survivor Isabelle Robinson details her dealings with accused shooter Nikolas Crus, going back to the time he threw an apple at her and injured her as she was eating her lunch.

“I am writing this because of the disturbing amount of comments I’ve read that go something like this: Maybe if Cruz’s classmates and peers had been a little nicer to him, this tragedy would never have occurred,” she writes. “This deeply dangerous sentiment, expressed under the #WalkUpNotOut hashtag, implies that acts of school violence can be stopped if students befriend disturbed and potentially dangerous classmates. The idea that we are to blame, even implicitly, for the murders of our friends and teacher, is a slap in the face to all Marjory Stoneman Douglas victims and survivors.”

She talks about being assigned to tutor Cruz—which was a harrowing experience.

“I was forced to endure his cursing me out and ogling my chest until the hourlong class period was up. When I was done, I felt a surge of pride for having organized his binder and helped him with his homework,” she writes. “Looking back, I am horrified. I now understand that I was left, unassisted, with a student who had a known history of rage and brutality.”

ADVERTISEMENT

#WalkUpNotOut puts the onus on students who don’t have the knowledge, resources or responsibility to treat deeply disturbed classmates, she argues.

“No amount of kindness or compassion alone would have changed the person that Nikolas Cruz is and was, or the horrendous actions he perpetrated,” she writes. “The implication that Cruz’s mental health issues could have been solved if only he had been loved more by his fellow students is both a gross misunderstanding of how these diseases work and a dangerous suggestion that puts children on the front line.”

Read the full essay here.

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

2020 Election

WATCH: Trump flees Bedminster press conference after reporter busts him for lying about veterans

Published

on

President Donald Trump held his second hastily arranged press conference in two days at his Bedminster Golf Club in New Jersey on Saturday.

Trump began the press conference by falsely claiming credit for the Veterans Choice bill that was signed by President Barack Obama.

CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale has recorded Trump lying about the bill more than 140 times.

https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/1292194842064441344

But this time, CBS News reporter Paula Reid challenged Trump on his lies.

Continue Reading

2020 Election

Trump accuses Democrats of ‘trying to steal an election’ with mail-in voting during the COVID-19 pandemic

Published

on

President Donald Trump accused Democrats of conspiring to steal an election at a hastily arranged news conference held at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.

And angry Trump lashed out at Democrats for seeking to allow voting by mail in the November election.

Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's press conference, where he questioned if Democrats love America:

https://twitter.com/jeffmason1/status/1292196974746370055

https://twitter.com/margarettalev/status/1292197337465597957

https://twitter.com/ToluseO/status/1292197677984354306

https://twitter.com/vmsalama/status/1292197526960054273

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Pelosi blasts Trump as ‘not a well person’ and wonders if GOP is motivated by a ‘manhood thing’: report

Published

on

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) briefed members of the Democratic Caucus on Saturday about the state of negotiations over the next coronavirus stimulus bill.

Luke Broadwater, a congressional correspondent for The New York Times, posted a thread about the call on Twitter, citing "sources on call."

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) was also on the call, and reportedly blasted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows for the failure to reach a deal.

“Meadows, when John Boehner and Paul Ryan was Speaker, impeded every agreement they tried to make with us on must-pass legislation," Hoyer reported said.

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image