#walkupnotout

Hey, Bae. Why you so ignorant, huh? You need a Snickers® or something?

You know what? Maybe I need the motherfucking Snickers┬«, ’cause I’m flabbergasted.

On Valentine’s Day of 2018, in Parkland, Florida, a young man shot up his school. Devastating. 17 people died, 17 more were injured. Devastating. First and foremost, no one is disputing that.

WE NEED GUN REFORM IN AMERICA. These babies that are having a bad day, or a rough life, or can’t get laid, or don’t like their mommy SHOULD NOT HAVE ACCESS TO FIREARMS. Don’t get me wrong. I believe in mental health. I know there are things we go through that we can’t handle alone, especially as we go through puberty. Hormones are raging, everything’s a big deal, and we don’t know which way is up.

walkupnotoutBut this. FUCKING THIS. Sometimes I can’t even, but right now I absolutely cannot even. #walkupnotout!?!?!?!? Are you seriously trying to make young boys and girls – all going through the same difficult period in their lives – responsible for one another’s mental health? Guess what, fucktard? There are people trained for that. They’re called psychologists, therapists, counselors, etc.

Do I think we should be nicer to our peers? YES. Do I think it’s going to happen because people are victim blaming? NO. First of all, manners, respect, common decency towards your fellow man – these teachings start at home. So instead of calling out students who’ve just survived a traumatic attack, or judging all students based on potential acts of unkindness, let’s remind parents and families to address these issues at home. Because guess what? Parents are afraid. They’re afraid of not having the perfect child, they’re afraid of not being seen as a perfect family. There is a culture of fear in America when it comes to honesty and meaningful conversation. And I don’t mean to say that’s the only cure, but I think it’s a good place to start. And no, my goal is not to place the blame on absentee, or mediocre parenting. There is no one place to lay blame. We call it a community for a reason.

HOWEVER. Asking students to walk up not out is like telling girls to stop wearing short skirts so they’ll stop getting raped, or telling Black people to stop wearing hoodies so they stop getting shot. Because guess what? A girl wearing sweatpants can be rufied and violated. A respected member of the Black community can still be pulled over and end up dead.

I’m not here to chime in on the guns kill people vs. people kill people debate. All I’m saying is access is too easy, abuse is too prevalent, and it’s fucking ridiculous for us to ask teenagers to take responsibility for their classmates’ mental health when they can barely see through their own emotional turmoil.

So until you set into motion changes that will drastically increase the safety of our future generations in an environment that should always be a safe space, I support all the walkouts. Let it go, Bae.