Tallulah Cloos, 18, sometimes ponders ideal hiding spots if an active shooter were ever to terrorize her Buncombe County high school.
It’s not easy, she says. A.C. Reynolds High, located just southeast of Asheville, has a wide campus with an abundance of open spaces.
“I thought it was a weird thing to think about,” she says. “But some of my friends told me they were having these same thoughts. It’s sad that we have to think about this, but it’s necessary.”
Cloos isn’t the only one. Multiple North Carolina teens who spoke to Policy Watch this week talked of harrowing conversations inside school about how they would respond to a campus shooter, one month after a gunman wielding an assault rifle allegedly killed 17 at a Parkland, Fla., high school.
“I would like to say, ‘No, this would never happen at Riverside,’” said Joala Downey, a 17-year-old at Durham’s Riverside High School. “But honestly I’m not sure. My friends, we all just try to be positive. No one wants to think this will ever happen to them, but I don’t think the kids in Parkland thought this would ever happen to them.”
The anniversary of the Parkland shooting triggered an avalanche of campus protests across North Carolina and the United States Wednesday. Students at an estimated 3,000 U.S. schools walked out of classes for 17 minutes to memorialize those killed at the Florida school and to demand gun reforms from state and federal policymakers. [Read more…]
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