Isabella Capanda ‘19:

To the victims, survivors, and community of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School,

There are no words to describe what you have been through. The events that occurred on that fateful day should never have happened, but they did. Now life will never go back to the way it was. For that, you have our greatest sympathy.

The loss you have faced is unimaginable. To bear the task of waking up in the morning with the knowledge that your best friend, your brother, your sister, your coach, and/or teacher will not be there is heartbreaking. No one should endure that pain… You have… And at such a young age.

Life is a precious gift that should be cherished and adored. If one man, woman, or child believes that they have the right to deem the recipient worthy of possessing this gift, then chaos ensues. Such chaos has arisen, and it resulted in the death of 17 people.

It is understandable to feel alone, because not many people can relate. However, you are not alone. Students and teachers, parents and children, small towns and massive cities: all are different, but all are behind you. A powerhouse of compassion and support began forming immediately after disaster struck. Letters –like this one– began to be written. Protests grew. Attention was brought to an ever controversial issue. All in efforts to support you.

It is our hope that this letter has reached you in some way or another, and that our words have given comfort to you and your community.  However, words can only do so much.

Talk of change circulates every time a shooting occurs, but that’s all it is– talk. No action is taken to prevent people from taking the lives of others with the pull of a trigger. You said enough, and so do we.

It is time for tragedy to have a different solution other than ‘my thoughts are with you’ or ‘you have my greatest sympathy.’ It is time for students to feel safe when going to school. It is time to stop this madness and do what has to be done.

Change. A beautiful horrifying thing, but necessary to better the lives of ourselves and our future. Carol Burnett said that “Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” It is by this ideology where greatness comes from and revolutions begin. You have already begun to change the ways of our nation and for that we will follow you. What you fight for is a great change that will not only better our future, it will keep our people safe.

Though said before that we need to move away from an ending along the lines of ‘greatest sympathy,’ it is true. You do have our greatest sympathy and support, and we wouldn’t change that for a minute. What happened to you never should have, and our small town will continue our support even if we are hundreds of miles away.

Continue your fight and know that we are with you.


The RNews Staff of Romeo High School

Romeo, Michigan

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