Letter from Kim Turrisi

Dear Students:

I stand with you and next to you.
Your bravery and light outshine the darkness. I am in awe of all that you are doing after such a horrific act at your school. You inspire all of us to do better, to fight harder…for all of you. You are our future and that gives me hope. Your unwillingness to accept all the rhetoric from our leaders that are just empty words make me so proud. The way you have embraced the fact that prayers and apologies are no longer enough to stop the murdering of your peers is inspiring.
You have done what no one else has, take on the bureaucratic nonsense in Florida and the United States.
Never give up.
Never lose your spirit.
No child should ever feel unsafe at school let alone hear the sounds of gunfire from the floor of a classroom. I cannot imagine all that you have been through but the way you have taken this awful situation to use your voices to save others is commendable.
You are staring into the eye of the storm and attacking it with a vengeance, no let up.
Stick to your ideals. Use your wonderful voices to go out and change the world.
I am with you.
I believe in you.
You are the future.

Kim Turrisi, Young Adult Author