You must ask yourself why this is the age of mass shootings.
Why in 2019, we have produced so many news stories related to the tragedies of mass shooting that this story about text messages has happened more than once.
You may remember Eddie Justice, who texted his mother "I'm gonna die" during the Pulse shootings in 2016 in Orlando, Florida. For three hours, a gunman carried out a rampage against Orlando's largest gay bar and slaughtered 49 people.
And here we are, in 2019, reporting a similar story.
STEM School Highlands Ranch, not far from Columbine High School, suffered a school shooting on Tuesday that left one dead and eight injured.
This is 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo. He was the young man killed in the #STEMshooting yesterday. We’re told he w… https://t.co/6C324cyxVr— Mekialaya White (@Mekialaya White) 1557322860.0
It's no longer if, but when. #STEMShooting https://t.co/iYfwgHXBAj— National School Walkout (@National School Walkout) 1557280874.0
Imagine what a kid as brave and selfless as this could've done with his life. Instead he was gunned down in the 11t… https://t.co/CoCVxNdvFT— Katie Rogers (@Katie Rogers) 1557336117.0
The kids in Colorado took the guns from their parents: https://t.co/x9kVG5Z32l How about the @NRA stop opposing la… https://t.co/8wEUQFRzc9— Shannon Watts (@Shannon Watts) 1557344610.0
Owen, an eighth grader at STEM, sent a text to his mother, Cami Brainard, while the shooters were active.
Brainard was at work when she received a text that simply read:
"There were gunshots. We are about to get escorted to leave."
"This shouldn't be about politics," says Cami Brainard, whose son survived the Colorado school shooting. "It shoul… https://t.co/zVSHB6m1nP— CNN Newsroom (@CNN Newsroom) 1557413648.0
"Where?" she replied.
"Can you call me?"
Thank you, Cami Brainard, for being brave enough to share your and Owen’s story. You’re right, we DO need to talk a… https://t.co/Avm6Zce4NE— That Clinical Instructor (@That Clinical Instructor) 1557518601.0
Cami Brainard was texting with her son -- a survivor of the STEM shooting at Highlands Ranch... No parent or child… https://t.co/PZTSaYdRs0— Yates Metal Detectors (@Yates Metal Detectors) 1557422801.0
@RepAdamSchiff I hope everyone saw Cami Brainard on @CNN this morning.— Scenario (@Scenario) 1557416276.0
Cami Brainard. Mother of a child at Highland Ranch Colorado school. Was just on CNN. Her words were powerful. "Hoping didn't work. "— Crapsickles and AntiChryslers! (@Crapsickles and AntiChryslers!) 1557412913.0
"We have to stay quiet."
"Owen are you ok?"
On @CNN, Cami Brainard, mother of STEM student, on knowing this day might come but doing nothing about it except ho… https://t.co/Uncum8w04v— Sue Arenschield (@Sue Arenschield) 1557412540.0
@PoppyHarlowCNN Touched by the story with Cami Brainard. Someone get that woman some help, she’s clearly traumatized.😥— Jacinda Phillips (@Jacinda Phillips) 1557412510.0
@joelockhart @TheDemCoalition @realDonaldTrump Everyone needs to hear what hairdresser and mom Cami Brainard is saying right now on @CNN.— Scenario (@Scenario) 1557412535.0
Later, she also shared an audio recording from her son of the terror at the school.
"Knowing that that's my child and that he actually had lived through that ... he's going to be scarred for the rest of his life."
"I think the more people are forced to see these things, the more exposure that there is for these things, the more people realize that it can happen to them."
9 shot 2 killed in Chicago on Monday 4 shot 1 killed in Chicago on Tuesday 1 student killed 8 shot in Denver… https://t.co/vN5vBUBvDJ— GoodKidsMadCity (@GoodKidsMadCity) 1557318954.0
There was a shooting at my son’s school today. He’s safe, but... I’m sitting in a gym with hundreds of parents wait… https://t.co/L3WirzYui7— Steve Holley (@Steve Holley) 1557268632.0
I can’t imagine what it must feel like to be a parent waiting to hear your child’s name called out at a reunificati… https://t.co/Q2RJBCl4PN— lisa hendricks (@lisa hendricks) 1557273508.0
We aren’t numb - 90% of Americans support stronger gun laws. It’s a handful of US Senators and too many state lawma… https://t.co/q8FpWiB22T— Shannon Watts (@Shannon Watts) 1557275915.0
You can’t look at this picture and not be heartbroken and not called to action. If you can, you don’t have a soul.… https://t.co/zCdiiPaHhm— Khary Penebaker, Fx (@Khary Penebaker, Fx) 1557283923.0
Remember, it is 2019, and this story is still necessary.
Do something, reader. You have the power.