STEM School Students Leave Vigil After Dems Politicize the Shooting
A vigil on May 8 caused some STEM school students to angrily leave after two Democrats started talking about gun control. They went outside in the rain to hold their own vigil, and then returned to grab the mic and state they did not want their grief to be politicized over gun control. Some started chanting “mental health.”
Students at a vigil for the STEM School shooting in Highlands Ranch reportedly walked out of the event after Democrat politicians Jason Crow and Michael Bennet made remarks and students said the tragedy was being politicized.— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 9, 2019
Outside, students chanted: "Mental health!" pic.twitter.com/sQpTfAUWCs
The vigil was purportedly to remember the sacrifice of student Kendrick Castillo, 18, who died as he attempted to take down one of the shooters in the STEM school shooting. The gymnasium was packed with about 2,000 people. But the gun control group’s political bent quickly became evident when two Democrats, Jason Crow and Michael Bennet, took the mic. The students began to leave.
STEM School students walked out of a vigil tonight after @RepJasonCrow & @SenatorBennet spoke. Students said their grief was being politicized. They later returned, took the mic, and some said they didn't want to be used to promote gun control. #copolitics #9NEWS— Kyle Clark (@KyleClark) May 9, 2019
Frustrated, crying and angry, #STEMschool shooting victims hold an impromptu vigil in the rain Wednesday after leaving a gun-control vigil they felt inappropriately politicized their trauma. (They asked that I not photograph their faces close up, and I respected their wishes.) pic.twitter.com/cksRXGtYQA— Trevor Hughes (@TrevorHughes) May 9, 2019
Students from the #STEMshooting in Colorado stormed out of a rally organized by gun-control advocates Wednesday night after growing angry about the politicization of their trauma. pic.twitter.com/uCLEqt89VY— Trevor Hughes (@TrevorHughes) May 9, 2019
The vigil was organized by the anti-gun group Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and they ended up having to apologize to the students.
“We are deeply sorry any part of this vigil did not provide the support, caring and sense of community we sought to foster and facilitate and which we know is so crucial to communities who suffer the trauma of gun violence.”
Charter School students are not always as likely to be in favor of gun control. And intruding in their personal grief was an incredibly stupid move.