Generation Lockdown: Growing Up In The Shadow of Gun Violence

Dec. 9, 2015 / By

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At the beginning of this school year, a football game at Kennedy High School in Richmond, California, was interrupted by gunshots only 20 yards away from the field.

“Oh yeah the game was in full effect,” said teen football player Moises Garcia. “We were on the sidelines. I was playing. And they started shooting, busting.” “Everyone just ran from the stands outside, people threw themselves down on the field. It’s kind of amazing no one got hit, because they were shooting this way,” said Garcia.

The incident at Kennedy wasn’t a mass event. So unless you live near there, you probably never even heard about it. But school shootings keep happening. Gun violence is in the national spotlight again in the wake of a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California yesterday and the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado last week.

While mass shootings make up most of the headlines, many other gun incidents fly under the national radar – including many at schools. This year, there have been more than 60 gun incidents on campuses around the country. And for kids my age, we’ve spent our entire lives thinking about school shootings.

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