Student Cameron Kasky addresses other classmates after a rally after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman School in Parkland, Florida (USA), on February 21, 2018
The eloquence of the survivors of the massacre in Florida is resonating in the Americans. Cameron Kasky invented the slogan “#NeverAgain”, David Hogg faces a smear campaign online and Emma González moved the country with the cry: “What a shame!”.
Who are the main authors of the #NeverAgain anti-gun movement that shakes American public opinion?
– Cameron Kasky, 17 years old
Conversational and histrionic, he is described by the New Yorker as a “theater kid” and calls himself the “class clown”.
On February 14, just out of the beleaguered Marjory Stoneman Douglas school in Parkland, Florida, Kasky wrote on Facebook: “I’m safe (…) Thanks to the Constitution warriors who protected me.” Since then, his activism against the sale of weapons has not stopped.
He was invited to write an editorial on CNN and, two days after the massacre, he created the hashtag #NeverAgain, asking his colleagues to turn it into a trend starting at 3pm on Friday the 16th.
On Wednesday he kicked the board again, when he confronted Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who has received funding from the powerful pro-weapons lobby National Association of the Rifle (NRA): “Senator, can you tell me that you will not accept a single donation of the NRA in the future? ”
– Emma González, 18 years old
“What a shame!” Cried Emma, crying, at a protest in Fort Lauderdale on Friday the 16th, berating politicians for neglecting children in exchange for NRA money. His words attracted national attention and were decisive in the movement that was brewing.
He had written the speech that day and his only experience in activism was the March for Science last year.
Then, in a video where Emma – of Cuban origin – and her companions call for a “March for our lives” in Washington on March 24, she says: “At this point you are with us or you are against us.”
Now it has imitators who shave their heads to replicate their style and the organizers of the march have raised three million dollars thanks to celebrities such as George and Amal Clooney and Oprah Winfrey.
– David Hogg, 17 years old
David wants to be a reporter and he likes his school because he has a journalism workshop. He was hiding in a closet during the massacre, when his instinct led him to shoot interviews with other students with whom he took refuge. The video is scary and went viral.
He followed interviews with the press and was recruited by Cameron Kasky to lead, with him and Gonzalez, the #NeverAgain movement.
But he is suffering the price of celebrity. Since he said his father is a retired FBI agent, he is attacked by defenders of far-right weapons and “trolls” who harass him on social networks.
The conspiracy theory is that the young man would be a “crisis actor” used by the federal police to divert attention from his inability to avoid the Parkland massacre.
“I’m not a crisis player,” Hogg told CNN. “I’m someone who had to witness this and live this.”
– Delaney Tarr, 17 years old
Delaney stressed Wednesday when he threatened lawmakers in Tallahassee, the capital of Florida: “We have had enough prayers … We are going after each one of you to demand that you do something.”
Articulated, eloquent and with thick lenses of pasta, Delaney took a television production course in her first year and last year was a newscaster at the school. According to the Washington Post, he also wants to be a journalist and continuously interviews his colleagues in the corridors.
Always carry the car key with the idea of crouching inside in the event of a shooting. But he had to live inside the building and hid with his companions in a closet.