Where are stu­dents, par­ents now?

The Times-Tribune - - NATION - BY TERRY SPENCER

PARK­LAND, Fla. — The mas­sacre that left 17 dead at Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School pushed stu­dents, par­ents, of­fi­cials and oth­ers into the na­tional lime­light, some­thing most never sought. A look at where some of the most prom­i­nent are to­day:


EMMA GON­ZA­LEZ — Gon­za­lez, 19, be­came known for her “We Call B.S.” speech crit­i­ciz­ing politi­cians who ac­cept money from the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion, which she gave days af­ter the shoot­ing dur­ing a Fort Laud­erdale rally. She, David Hogg and other March for Our Lives founders were fea­tured on the cover of Time mag­a­zine. They spent the sum­mer as part of the “Road to Change” tour, which reg­is­tered young vot­ers around the coun­try. She is at­tend­ing Florida’s New Col­lege.

DAVID HOGG — Hogg, 18, be­came the most prom­i­nent spokesman for March for Our Lives, a group he and other Stone­man Dou­glas stu­dents founded that is push­ing for stronger gun laws. It won the In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Peace Prize. His ac­tivism led to sig­nif­i­cant crit­i­cism, in­clud­ing death threats. He and his younger sis­ter, Lau­ren, wrote a book, “(hash)nev­era­gain: A New Gen­er­a­tion Draws the Line.” He will be at­tend­ing Har­vard in the fall.

KYLE KASHUV — The Stone­man Dou­glas se­nior has be­come the most prom­i­nent con­ser­va­tive voice among the stu­dents, meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, Repub­li­can mem­bers of Con­gress and Supreme Court Jus­tice Clarence Thomas. Kashuv was a mem­ber of Gov. Ron Desan­tis’ tran­si­tion team and is high school out­reach di­rec­tor for Turn­ing Point USA, a con­ser­va­tive group.


AN­DREW POL­LACK — Pol­lack, whose 18-year-old daugh­ter Meadow died in the shoot­ing, be­came the most out­spo­ken critic of school and law en­force­ment of­fi­cials among the vic­tims’ par­ents and a force in Florida con­ser­va­tive pol­i­tics. He has met with Trump, and was on Desan­tis’ tran­si­tion team. He is push­ing for the re­moval of Broward school Su­per­in­ten­dent Robert Run­cie and is su­ing sus­pect Niko­las Cruz, the Broward school dis­trict and sher­iff’s of­fice and for­mer Broward sher­iff’s Deputy Scot Peter­son, who was on duty at the school dur­ing the shoot­ing but did not en­ter the build­ing to con­front the shooter.

FRED GUTTENBERG — Guttenberg, whose 14-yearold daugh­ter Jaime was killed, has be­come an out­spo­ken ad­vo­cate for gun con­trol and lib­eral causes. He drew na­tional at­ten­tion when he ap­proached new Supreme Court Jus­tice Brett Ka­vanaugh dur­ing his con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing and ex­tended his hand, only to have Ka­vanaugh walk away. Guttenberg was part of the tran­si­tion team for new state Agri­cul­ture Com­mis­sioner Nikki Fried, Florida’s only statewide Demo­cratic of­fice­holder.

RYAN PETTY — Petty, whose 14-year-old daugh­ter Alaina died, was ap­pointed to the state com­mis­sion in­ves­ti­gat­ing the shoot­ing’s causes. His com­ments tended to hit at po­lice and school sys­tem fail­ures he per­ceived. He lost a bid for the Broward County school board, but was also part of Desan­tis’ tran­si­tion team.

MAX SCHACHTER — Schac­ter, whose 14-year-old son Alex died, be­came the emo­tional voice of the par­ents as a mem­ber of the state com­mis­sion and founder of the group, “Safe Schools for Alex.” He has trav­eled ex­ten­sively look­ing at school se­cu­rity sys­tems.

LORI ALHADEFF — Alhadeff, whose 14-year-old daugh­ter Alyssa was killed, won a school board seat rep­re­sent­ing Park­land in Au­gust. She tried hir­ing a Run­cie critic as her sec­re­tary, but the su­per­in­ten­dent said the woman, a col­lege in­struc­tor who holds a doc­tor­ate, was un­qual­i­fied be­cause she didn’t have re­lated ex­pe­ri­ence. Alhadeff has pushed Run­cie to set a time­line for im­ple­ment­ing school se­cu­rity projects.

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