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Parkland survivors share stories, urge activism in visit to Cornell

“I remember for a very long time that I was a bystander. I was uneducated, I was uninterested, and more than anything, I was numb. And that’s not an attitude to have because, worst-case scenario, you get shot. And that’s the truth, is that if you don’t do something, no one else is going to, and if you don’t stand up for yourself, you’re going to get stood on,” Samantha Fuentes, a gun control advocate and survivor of the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, said at Cornell University this weekend.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, gun control advocates David Hogg and Samantha Fuentes gave an hour-long talk at Cornell, hosted by the Cornell Public Service Center and the Kaplan Family. They encouraged youth to become more engaged and empowered in fighting gun violence in the United States. Hogg and Fuentes were among the survivors of the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead and 17 more injured.

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