One year after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that inspired a group of brave teens to start the March for Our Lives, the gun violence deaths continue.
To mark the anniversary of the February 14, 2018 massacre and to highlight how there’s still much work to be done to curb the problem in our country, a group of 200 student journalists created Since Parkland, a website that has tracked and memorialized the young lives lost during the tragedy and in the intervening months since then-all 1,149 of them.
The students worked alongside The Trace, McClatchy and The Miami Herald to create the site, which seeks to put “human stories behind the statistics” and dimensionalize the young victims of school shootings, drug homicides, domestic violence and stray bullets.
The founders of the site write that the students behind March for Our Lives “accurately criticized journalists for mobilizing to over mass shootings while devoting relatively little attention to the chronic gun violence that exposes children in some city neighborhoods to danger every day. ‘Since Parkland’ was conceived as an antidote to that imbalance--one powered by young people themselves.”
The site honors both the named and the nameless. While most victims’ names appear, there are some “Unknown” figures, whom the site seeks to uncover with the help of readers.
“We all remember Parkland,” the reporters write. “We’re still frightened. Frustrated. Angry. But if this project has taught us anything, it’s that we’re not powerless. We can bring awareness to the true scope of the issue. Student journalists have that power. We refuse to stand idly by.”