I am a school shooting survivor. When I was thirteen, a classmate shot three students next to me, as well as my teacher. Three of them died.
My parents accompanied me to my classroom two days afterwards. They saw three empty seats right next to mine. They faced parents of children who did not survive - one was my next-door neighbor. They cried. We cried. Our parents stared while they absorbed how close we had been to losing our lives and what we had seen.
No one should have to go through this, yet mass shootings are happening every day, the targets more fragile and body counts are higher than ever, afforded by the lethality of assault weapons.
Let’s make Washington state a place known to value and protect our teachers and children. Legislators, please bring SSB 5444 to a vote and approve it.