Letter from Amelia Brunskill

Dear Parkland students,

You are brave and you are right.

Because it wasn’t always like this. It doesn’t need to be like this.

I was in college when Columbine happened. I remember hearing about it on the radio, on a music station. The DJ got choked up talking about it. I was in shock. We were all in shock. But that was almost 19 years ago, before most of you were even born. We had plenty of time to help make things better.

I’m so sorry that you have to be brave like this. All of you. The ones speaking out, the ones who are at home, trying to figure out how to simply *be* in the wake of this. All of you have been forced to be brave, forced to deal with something you shouldn’t have to.

We should have been brave for you, should have fought longer and harder, and then maybe you wouldn’t have to be so brave now.

So don’t believe anyone who tells you that you are wrong to be angry, wrong to want change, to demand it.

You are right.


Amelia Brunskill, author