Emma Gonzalez On Florida Shooting Survivor : 5 Fast Facts You Need To Know

Emma Gonzalez in tears at challenge firearms only three days subsequent to surviving school shooting.

Emma Gonzalez, 17, survived the slaughter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentines Day that ended the lives of 17 understudies and instructors. Notwithstanding the imaginable injury and stun in the quick consequence, she and different understudies critically started to talk up about the shooting depicting the disappointment of political will by chose authorities to establish inflexible firearms laws to ensure individuals, school age kids particularly, from mass shootings. A senior at the Parkland, Florida school, Gonzalez, who examined government in an Advanced Placement (AP; comparable to school college class levels) class, has been an unequivocal and impassioned voice of a rising understudy development for far stricter firearm control laws and requests legislators pick youngsters and life over National Rifle Association (NRA) gifts.

GettyEmma Gonzalez weeps as she delivers message following Parkland school massacre

Here’s what you need to know about Emma Gonzalez:

1. Emma’s Speech Saturday Was Not Her First Since the Mass Shooting But Most Impassioned

Emma and fellow students Alexis Michael and Isabel Robinson spoke to CNN’s Anderson Cooper just over 24 hours after the mass shooting at her high school. Gonzalez said then, “…we’re the people who are going to make the laws one day and even if it seems small now …we need to put forward those baby steps…”

But it was her fiery and unreticent speech Saturday where she shamed politicians, including President Donald Trump, for taking millions in donations from the NRA that has brought her to the world stage.

2. Emma Was Key Part of Student Science Club Meteorological Experiment

The story posted in December of 2017 about Project Aquila on the Stoneman Douglas school’s student news magazine ‘The Eagle Eye’, explained the Astronomy Club experiment consisted of launching a “weather balloon holding cameras and meteorological equipment in an effort to teach students the process of data collection in the upper atmosphere.” Gonzalez was “head of tracking and retrieval,” which meant her job was to lead the team in correctly setting up most of the non-film elements of the experiment, inputting all variables in the ship and balloon to predict its flight path along the jet stream before its landing: “It really depends on the day you check the flight pattern,” Gonzalez said. “It has nothing to do with skill and everything to do with the weather in Florida.”

Emma Gonzalez, Bio, Stoneman Douglas High School, Emma Gonzalez and classmate launch weather balloons as part of meteorological experiment

3. Emma Was Featured in ‘Humans of MSD’ Instagram Account

At the time an innocuous and light-hearted post about her decision to shave off all her hair, with a clever pun in her first sentence, Emma was chosen as one of the Humans of MSD just a few weeks before the mass shooting at the school. The cheeky post though initially with lots of happy, fun-loving comments now includes calls for her to continue her advocacy and suggest a much larger movement is soon to emerge:

“A goddamn hero, keep fighting Emma.”

“They were born into a world reshaped by the 1999 attack at Columbine High School in Colorado, and grew up practicing active shooter drills and huddling through lockdowns. They talked about threats and safety steps with their parents and teachers. With friends, they wondered darkly whether it could happen at their own school, and who might do it.”

“Now, this generation is almost grown up. And when a gunman killed 17 people this week at Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Fla., the first response of many of their classmates was not to grieve in silence, but to speak out. Their urgent voices — in television interviews, on social media, even from inside a locked school office as they hid from the gunman — are now rising.”

“Fight on rebel!”

“Florida kids are true agents of change. Way to make all of us proud both at home and out of state. Keep hope alive.”

Emma’s Instagram account is set to private.

4. Emma is President of MSD Gay Straight Alliance Club & Outspoken About LGBTQ Rights

According to the Eagle Eye, Emma is president of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club at Stoneman Douglas. In an article from October of 2017, just four months ago, Emma told the student news magazine, in an article on anti-LGBT events in the Middle East, that the mission of the school’s Gay Straight Alliance is promote equality and understanding: “We’re only a local, school based organization, but I think it’s important to promote awareness at all levels to make a better future for everyone. ..What’s happened in Egypt sucks and I want everyone to know that we stand with our brothers and sisters who are being oppressed there.”

Emma Gonzalez, Gay Straight Alliance,

Gay Straight Alliance at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School website. Emma Gonzalez was president as of October 2017

5. Following Her Speech Saturday, Stoneman Douglas Principal Ty Thompson Praised Emma

In a series of posts on Twitter, Stoneman Douglas High School principal Ty Thompson shared news media posts of Emma’s powerful remarks.


Thompson also commented on a post that praised Emma’s passion, intelligence and eloquence.



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