On average, research shows that about one school shooting happens every week in the United States. On Feb. 21, rumors peaked on social media around gun violence threats at Long Beach high schools, leading some students to stay home. The prior week, 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — a trend far too familiar. VoiceWaves asked its youth: What should local politicians do to make them feel safe on campus?
Tags: gun violence, safety, Youth
Crystal was raised in South Los Angeles and is the first college graduate in her family. She is a class of 2016 CSULB graduate who has served as an editor for her campus newspaper and freelanced for the Long Beach Post and Random Length News. Crystal is now a Report for America corps member, covering the Westside for the Long Beach Post. Follow her work @crystalniebla on Twitter and @crystalniebla_media on Instagram.
Hi! I'm a 17-year-old theater nerd in my last year of high school. I'm also a film geek or more formally known as an aspiring filmmaker. Both acting and filmmaking have been something close to my heart, and I'm glad that I found these passions at such a young age. So bottom line: I'm a geek and a nerd which makes me Top Dork, and if this were a cliché teenage movie, I'd be the one who gets the guy in the end.
VoiceWaves is a Long Beach youth-led journalism and media-training project. The youth, ages 16-24, are learning to report, write, and create digital journalism content. Their reports will raise awareness of community health issues and activate change.