“In 5 days I’ll ticket them all”, promised a boy from a New York school. Due to the threat, the police were present at the site and many young people missed their lessons.
The Argentine journalist Silvina Sterin Pensel gave a crude account of this tense and worrying situation on Twitter who today, after having covered several massacres with firearms in the United States, has to live up close.
“Today is the day. Today is the 5th. In the school bathroom a boy announced it clearly: ‘Suck my dick; I’ll ticket them all in 5 days’. Today is that day and many kids didn’t want to go to school. Among them, my son. Fear eats him up and I don’t even tell him. Here I let off steam”, is the first tweet of the journalist’s thread.
Here is a reflection: “What if it’s not today but it’s tomorrow? How long can you keep your child at home?
Suspended by a threat
As we said, in the days following the appearance of the message on the bathroom wall, the police began to follow the story closely. Sterin Pensel clarified that the New York Police Department (NYPD, for its acronym in English) “has determined that this is not a credible threat” but that however he did not share how it came to that conclusion.
The teenager who issued the threat has not yet been identified.. They believe it was someone who attended the extracurricular programs on Thursday and wrote the lyrics that same day.
Since the only thing the police have so far is the message, a team of specialists is analyzing the writing. The reporter also said that the school has told parents they will put up cameras, but he’s not entirely sure they will do it in the bathroom.
“So what do we do? I suggested to the Director that he coordinate activities to delve into this topic, which, incredibly, is taboo”, continues Sterin Pensel.
“This is like suicide, YOU DO IT, you are not announcing. “Surely it’s a childishness of a turkey that doesn’t understand that this isn’t fucked up.” I hear it often… What if it’s not a ‘malice’? What if there really is a 13-year-old boy who intends to “execute” their plan and “execute” them?“, he adds.
In a subsequent tweet, the Argentine journalist reports it Gun violence is the leading cause of death for children and adolescents in the United States. and that there are massacres “always” and the subject is never discussed in school.
Let the victims be heard
Finally, Sterin Pensel asks to hear from survivors and mothers whose children have been victims of shootings.
“There is no mention of the pain of hundreds of families who have lost children killed in school. There is no mention of the mothers and fathers who became activists trying to change laws in Washington and, among other things, ban AR 15s and other military-style weapons nationwide,” she says.
In the final stretch of her discharge, the reporter says it would make her feel more comfortable if the kids could sit down and talk to their teachers about it, since it’s a very present issue in their lives. “It affects so many that it’s an epidemic. The gun epidemic.
“These moms who still have pairs of sneakers, basketballs, pajamas, their ‘favorite shirt’; those mothers deserve, they must be heard by everyone. Those kids who saw how their classmates were slaughtered and managed to survive. These kids have stories that have marked them and they deserve to be heard by EVERYONE,” she finally says.
In conclusion, Sterin Pensel protests against the “urgent” need for reforms that limit access to arms.
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