Wednesday, Feb. 14 was a day that shook the country, starting from Southern Florida. In Parkland, Florida, a town half an hour away from Fort Lauderdale, a 19-year-old teenager, armed with a Smith and Wesson M&P 15 (an AR-15 style rifle, also used in the 2015 San Bernardino shooting), murdered 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school. The teenage gunman, Nikolas Cruz, also wounded 15 others.
This occurred in the weeks following another deadly shooting in Benton, Kentucky, which left two 15-year-olds dead and many more injured. Finally, another school shooting was thwarted after a grandmother called the authorities after finding a journal detailing the shooting and finding a rifle in a guitar case.
This has become a tragic reality that we must now face: the possibility that any school is a likely target, including any of the schools in the Scott County School District 2. I, myself, have thought long and hard about the possibility of it happening to me and my fellow peers at this school. I have come to the sad conclusion that if a student here really did attempt to shoot up the school, it would be more than possible.
The possibility of all of this occurring frightens me. It is sad to even think that all it would take is a person who is willing to shoot up the school. I believe we should review some of the security protocols here at SHS and maybe make some changes to increase our safety. Finally, I believe the staff and students should take caution to the possibility of a shooting occurring any day now, maybe even today or tomorrow.