Ten people were killed last week at a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, and 13 more were injured.
Among the unnecessarily dead is Shana Fisher, a 16-year-old year old girl who allegedly…turned down romantic advances from the shooter, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, and, after four months of unencouraged overtures from him, stood up to him in class. Her mother contends that Fisher was deliberately targeted for having refused the Pagourtzis’s attention. I’m enraged by this, for a variety of reasons. I’ll start with the obvious: Nobody should be… >> Read More
On Saturday, a group of Neo-Nazis rallied in the small Georgia town of Newnan, which is about 40 miles outside of Atlanta.
While there were "only" about two dozen white supremacists at the rally,…they still made a huge impact when they held a swastika burning in Draketown — a town some 50 miles from Newnan — that night. The swastika burning brought to mind horrific images of Nazi Germany. In response, Jewish mom Stephanie Wittels Wachs — the sister of the late Parks and Rec comic Harris Wittels — tweeted… >> Read More
How would you feel if your child died at the hands of a mass murderer, only to have a radio talk show host deny that the attack ever happened?
Well, that's what happened to the parents of Noah…Pozner, a 6-year-old boy who was among the 26 people killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Conspiracy theorist and talk show host Alex Jones has been outspoken about the attack being a hoax — which is, of course, not only absurd but grossly insensitive. This is why, unsurprisingly, his parents… >> Read More
There's nothing quite as vital and full of character as a teen's bedroom. That's why recently published photos from the room of Parkland shooting victim Alyssa Alhadeff, 14, are particularly…heartbreaking. They give you such a strong feeling of the personality and the passions of a life cut too short. These photos, published in a moving article on Buzzfeed, written and photographed by Buzzfeed reporter Remy Schmidt, are deceptively simple. A hairbrush. An overflowing basket of makeup. Mud-stained soccer cleats. Yet they so palpably tell… >> Read More
Ever since the Parkland shooting, many parents, teachers, and kids are rethinking our country's gun laws -- and rightly so. How could we not? We're all affected by such violence, especially when it…targets some of the most vulnerable people in our society. This is why two 16-year-olds are trying to "change the world," as they told The New Yorker. Adam Buchwald and Zach Hibshman, juniors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, recently launched Parents Promise To Kids. The organization's aim? To have parents sign a contract “promising their kids that… >> Read More