By Aeshaan S.
From an early age, I have been aware of our politics. My father and I shared a long commute to my school and the news has been a daily companion. I was in 2nd grade during the 2016 election season. Even though I was very young, I remember being very excited about Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the prospect of a woman becoming the first ever president. I remember feeling like the whole sky turning dark when Donald Trump took the oath. Since then, my fears have only been reaffirmed as this president has ravaged the country. Families separated, jobs lost, kids put in cages and medical access removed and increased racial tensions - we can’t stand for these injustices any longer!
My school recently got a fence to protect us from gun violence. My class teacher came face to face with gun violence at last year’s shooting in Gilroy. Has it really come to that? Kids like me will be constantly reminded that school is dangerous. We have drills to teach us how to avoid death through gun violence.
In the night I am often scared to sleep with thoughts that someone breaks in and we can’t do anything because they have a gun. We are scared and we should not be. Me and my friends are scared in their own school and their own house.