Black Stoneman Douglas Shooting Survivors: Minority Voices Not Valued As Much As White Students


A group of nearly a dozen black students who survived last month's school shooting of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School spoke Wednesday to express concern that their voices are not being heard as much as their "white counterparts."

Stoneman Douglas survivor David Hogg, a white male, has been in the spotlight as of light speaking on behalf of the student body.

"The Black Lives Matter movement has been addressing the topic since the murder of Travon Martin in 2012 and we have never seen this kind of support for our cause, we surely do not feel that the lives or voices of minorities are valued as much as those of our white counterparts," said Tyah-Amo Roberts, a black Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student.

"I am here today with my classmates because we have been thoroughly under-represented and in some cases, misrepresented," Roberts added.

Another student that spoke said the group is "proud" of those who are "at the front" but they have "so much to say too."

"We are proud to say we are from Douglas, we are proud to say that those who are at the front are doing a great job, but we have so much to say too," Mei-Ling Ho-Shing said.

A black male student gave a speech about police having PTSD and "mentally ill" police officers on campus that may racially profile students and treat them as "potential criminals."

"It is estimated that one-in-three police officers suffer from untreated post-traumatic stress disorder," student Kai Koerber said. "When mentally ill police officers are invited to safeguard a traumatized student body that becomes a recipe for disaster. Police need to stay on the perimeter of our schools. Those chosen to work at school should receive PTSD counseling and special diversity training,"

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