Tragedy Averted… America, We Have an Issue.

Featured Image courtesy of CBS News

BREAKING NEWS:

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Santa Fe High School 5.18.18 – Photo Courtesy of Yahoo

May 18th 2018.  7:45 a.m: A shooter opened fire on students at Santa Fe High School today killing over 8 individuals and injuring many others.  

May 18th 2017.  7:45 a.m: A shooter opened fire on students at Santa Fe High School today KILLING OVER 8 individuals  and injuring many others.  

May 18th 2017

7:45 a.m

Shooter.

Santa Fe High School.

KILLING.

OVER 8.

Santa Fe Independent School District has confirmed via Facebook that there were injuries sustained in an active shooter situation which has recently been contained with two suspects identified. One in custody the other detained.  The district has not confirmed the fatalities however it was mentioned that there could be anywhere from 8-10 deceased.

 

BREAKING NEWS:

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Dixon High School 5.16.18  – Photo Courtesy of ABC News

May 16th 2018.  Wednesday morning.  19-year-old former student used a 9mm semiautomatic rifle to open fire near the auditorium of Dixon High School in Illinois.  Mark Dallas shot and wounded the gunman. Tragedy averted.

May 16th 2018.  Wednesday morning.  19-year-old former student used a 9mm semiautomatic rifle to open fire near the auditorium of Dixon High School in Illinois.  Mark Dallas shot and wounded the gunman. Tragedy averted.

May 16th 2018.

Wednesday morning.

Former student used a 9mm semiautomatic rifle

Suspect Matthew Milby opened fire near a graduation ceremony rehearsal.  The suspect was quickly identified and chased by Mark Dallas, Dixon Police Officer.  Milby and Dallas exchanged fire at one another until Officer Dallas shot and wounded Matthew Milby, the 19-year-old former student in possession of a 9mm semiautomatic rifle.  

Tragedy averted…. or was it.  

 

Fatalities do not mark a tragedy.  

 

The gun culture in America is a tragedy in itself encompassing, “behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs about firearms and their usage”.  To obtain a firearm federal law requires an individual to be at least 21 to purchase a handgun, and only 18 to purchase a long gun. Specific states however have decided to bypass these federal laws and allow children as old as 15 to purchase a firearm with no parental consent.  Many individuals may argue these laws are harmless and the matter of the transactions are carefully monitored and professional. This is the root of the problem. Americans are addicted to their guns and they don’t want to face this fact.

 

Unfortunately many elected officials are not helping the cause. Understanding the extent of their political abilities, their continued inaction on the legislation that could potentially prevent these inhumane acts have only opened doors for more to occur.

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Gun Control Debate – Photo Courtesy of The American View

Individuals are missing the mark, we need gun control.  Eradicating guns is unlikely, and unnecessary, we need to monitor and control the transaction, trade, and behavior of gun owners, sellers, buyers etc.  As a community we need to ensure that the background checks and mental examinations of individuals with possession of firearms are strengthened and religiously utilized.   

 

Understanding the mental stability of the individual plays a significant factor in the recently observed violence and damage,  the loosely followed laws and lack of frequent background/ update checks allow for these potentially mentally unstable individuals to obtain these firearms.  

 

While taking into mind that many mass shooters obtain their weapons through a family member or through legal purchase it is important that any individuals with firearms in their household or in an accessible place undergo examination or background checks, and that any suspicious behavior is documented and reported by friends and families.  The phrase, “If you see something, say something” cannot be stressed enough.  

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Background Check – Photo Courtesy of Dr. Deb

In comparison to other nations, the protocol to obtain firearms in the United States is seemingly inadequate.  Understanding no background check can truly identify the intended use of the firearms or the early warning signs of a potential mass shooter, psychological exams as proposed by Utah cops and lawmakers may prove extremely beneficial.  

 

Konrad Chen stated he thinks its a, “good idea to make sure that [gun owners] are sane and that they are capable mentally to handle firearms”  further Chen mentioned that if, “there were any signs of issues that they could go ahead and take care of that before issuing a firearm”. The conversation continued with Chen further stating that these psychological exams could also ensure that the prospective gun owner knows how to safely use the firearm.  

 

The issue lies in the fact that many gun owners are hesitant when approached with the idea that their ownership of a firearm may be jeopardized due to increased legal action ensuring the safety of all.  It is important for individuals to understand that increasing the security and monitoring of the transaction of firearms is imperative to ensure that firearms are being obtained by stable, and mentally capable individuals.  

 

It is our hope that individuals continue to take action and speak out against the lack of action taken in order to alleviate the pain and suffering the lack of gun control has caused.  We cannot afford to remain silent in the midst of the chaos present.

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March For Our Lives – Photo Courtesy of CNN

 

“ If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”

– Desmond Tutu

Santa Fe High School Shooting-What We Know

Early this Friday morning, around 7:30-7:45 a.m., at Santa Fe High School in Texas, a shooting occurred. At least ten are dead, and more were injured. At least one police officer is injured as well. Most of the dead are students, but an exact number is not yet known. This is the third school shooting in eight days, and there have been a reported 22 since the beginning of the year in America.

A senior at the school told KHOU-TV that his friend saw another kid with a gun, then the fire alarm was pulled, and shots were fired once teachers and students had evacuated the building. Another student said, “We thought it was a fire drill at first, but really, the teacher said, ‘Start running,'”

Earlier this year, in February, there was a law enforcement response to the school when students and teachers thought they heard gun fire. The school was placed on lock down and searched, but at the time no threat was found.

One male, who is believed to be a student, has been arrested, and a second person, also believed to be a student, has been detained.

An unnamed witness said an armed person walked into an art class and began shooting what looked like a shotgun. The witness also said they saw a girl who was believed to be shot in the leg.

Those who are hurt from the shooting are being brought to a hospital in Galveston.

Different students have reported hearing at least 3-4 shots.

One student, Dakota Shrader, told CNN that she heard gunshots after hearing an alarm in the school. “I was in the history hallway, and as soon as we heard the alarms, everybody just started leaving following the same procedure as (a) practice fire drill, and the next things you know we just here… three gunshots, loud explosions, and all the teachers are telling us to run.”

The high school, which has 1,400 student is on lockdown, along with the whole school district.

Florida Shooting: What We Know

Nikolas Cruz, a 19 year old former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School opened fire on students and faculty Wednesday afternoon killing 17, and wounding others.  Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High had a planned fire drill Wednesday morning, so when the second alarm blared through the speakers students were confused but didn’t think much of the situation.  It was not until they heard gunshot that students  began to frantically flee and barricade themselves desperate to stay alive.

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Nikolas Cruz, 19, Time

Cruz had been previously expelled and recognized as a danger on school grounds by the schools administrators, his expulsion was a product of his violence presented towards his ex-girlfriends current boyfriend.   Recent statements from students attending Marjory Stoneman mention Cruz had a tendency to “obsessively stalk”  or “threaten” many females within the school.  Classmates had also mentioned Nikolas would make, “dark, gun-related jokes” joking about, “shooting people or shooting up establishments” (USA Today).  Many students were able to immediately identify their former classmate equipped with smoke grenades, an AR-15 style weapon, and a gas mask.

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, Wikipedia

After arriving at the campus, Cruz entered buildings where he immediately opened chaotic fire shooting through windows, computer screens, ceilings etc.  Many students hid inside closets, bathroom stalls, and classrooms however others found themselves attempting to flee the campus in order to reach a safe ground.  Students remaining on campus witnessed bullets spraying through classrooms in no particular direction hitting their classmates, and shattering windows.  Students used their mobile phones, specifically Snapchat, to record these traumatizing moments, while others texted their friends and families what they thought was their final goodbye.

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Students evacuating Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, France 24

Cruz had killed the majority of the victims on campus however did shoot and kill an individual down the street.  It was mentioned that Cruz did not remain on campus throughout the duration of the shootings, and was constantly, “on and off campus”.  Cruz was eventually identified and taken into custody by local law enforcement officers, and has since been charged with 17 counts of murder.

The moment Nikolas Cruz was taken into custody by local law enforcement after killing 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Fla. Wednesday. 
Nikolas Cruz being taken into custody by the law enforcement after brutally murdering 17, WPTV West Palm Beach

12 bodies were found on campus, one off campus, and others succumbed to their fatal injuries on the way to the hospital or at the hospital.  The known victims are as listed:

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Aaron Feis, MassLive.com

Aaron Feis – Assistant football coach killed after throwing himself in front of  the spray of bullets to shield the students.

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Nicholas Dworet, NY Daily News

Nicholas Dworet – Nicholas was a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, and a  swimmer recruited by the University of Indianapolis.

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Jaime Guttenberg, Sky News

Jaime Guttenberg – Jaime was among the 17 individuals who lost their lives in this inhumane tragedy.

Meadow Pollack was killed on February 14, 2018 when Nikolas Cruz, 19, shot and killed 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018.
Meadow Pollack, Facebook

Meadow Pollack – Meadow was among many who were thought to be missing until her father confirmed her passing this morning.

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Gina Montalto, Facebook

Gina Montalto – Gina was a member of her school’s color guard team, and unfortunately succumbed to her injuries Wednesday night.

Luke Hoyer was killed by a gunman who shot and killed 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Luke Hoyer, Family Handout

Luke Hoyer – Luke was one among the 17 individuals shot and killed by Nikolas Cruz.

Martin Duque was killed when Nikolas Cruz Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018.
Martin Duque, GOFUNDME

Martin Duque – Martin, a freshman, was also a victim to the school shooting Wednesday.

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Peter Wang, Facebook

Peter Wang – Peter, a freshman, was also a victim to the school shooting Wednesday.

 Joaquin Oliver's family are searching for the young man, saying he was at the school when the shooting started
Joaquin Oliver, Facebook

Joaquin Oliver – Joaquin’s passing was confirmed by his cousin Thursday morning.

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Cara Loughran, Facebook

Cara Loughran – Cara’s passing was confirmed by a peer counselor at the church in which she attended.

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Scott Beigel – Mr.Beigel was a geography teacher at the school, aiding students in reaching safety however unfortunately being shot and killed during the process.

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Alaina Petty – Alaina was confirmed deceased by the Bishop of the Coral Springs Ward, alongside her great aunt Thursday morning.

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Alyssa Alhadeff, Facebook

Alyssa Alhadeff – Alyssa’s death was confirmed by her soccer club Thursday morning via Facebook.

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Chris Hixon, Facebook

Chris Hixon – Chris was an athletic director at the High School who fell upon the 17 victims of the shooting.

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Madeleine Wilford, Facebook

Madeleine Wilford – Madeleine was among the victims of the school shooting Wednesday.

Our hearts and condolences go to the families of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Shooting.

*this is a developing story as updates become available they will be posted*

Can we please agree to stop sexualizing kids?

Since season two of Stranger Things was released on Netflix, a problem has arose; people have started to sexualize the young actors who play the main roles on the show.

Now, I’m in no way saying that we, as a society, have never struggled with this problem. It’s always been a problem and will likely continue to be a problem in future years, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speak out about this frankly disgusting problem at the moment.

Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven, and Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike, have probably been the two on the Netflix show to change the most, physically at least. Both have grown in the past year since the first season was released and many people have taken a notice to that.

Brown, 13 years old, was included as a reason to ‘why TV is sexier than ever’ on W Magazine, as well as being included in multiple lists of “Hottest Actresses.” People are outraged, as they should be! One twitter user wrote, “Poner a Millie Bobby Brown en una lista de las mujeres más sexys es legitimar la pederastia. ES UNA NIÑA. NO ES SEXY. TIENE 13 AÑOS. BASTA.” Which translates to ‘Putting Millie Bobby Brown on a list of the sexiest women is legitimizing pedophilia. SHE’S A GIRL. IT IS NOT SEXY. SHE IS 13. ENOUGH.’  Another twitter user thinks of it in a different way and writes in a series of tweets, “1. My son is exactly two weeks older than Millie Bobby Brown. The thought of any creepy adults sexualizing him the way they apparently do to 2. her, and Finn Wolfhard, and the other Stranger Things kids is frankly quite horrifying. These kids are 13 and 14 years old, ffs. 3. They may be actors, but they are still KIDS. Let them be kids, goddamit. It is not at all appropriate to count down the time until a 4. child actor turns 18 and can be “officially” perved on. Stop it. Ok, parent rant over.” And that’s not even all of it, she is constantly being sexualized in other places and ways as well, but to talk about them all would be to write a short novel.

Brown’s costar, Wolfhard, is also a victim of sexualization from the older population. Ali Michael, a 27 year old model, took to her Instagram story to post a picture of the 14 year old actor, captioning it, “Not to be weird but hit me up in 4 years @finnwolfhardofficial” Though we do not know if she took it off before it automatically deleted, we do know people saw this and were irate. She did eventually apologize, making claims that it was a joke, though that does not excuse or justify her actions.Image result for ali michael finn wolfhardImage result for ali michael finn wolfhard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wolfhard briefly touched on this encounter in an interview with TMZ, saying that he thought her actions were gross, but then ultimately trailing off saying he guessed it was fine. Wolfhard has been receiving comments like this for some time, mostly from people 20 years of age or older. One user took to twitter to write, “pedophilia is old men who are attracted to children but it’s also the 20+ year old women sexualising Finn Wolfhard on their snapchat stories” They truly did hit on the fact that yes, it is pedophilia. Nonetheless, older people, no matter their gender, making sexual advances towards children is creepy and pedophilia in one sense or another.

Some people have even felt a need to point out that though they are celebrities and world-wide known actors, they are still children!

I would like to again point out that this has always been a problem and will continue to be one for quite some time. This does not just happen to child actors, it happens to most people and it is gross and does need to be stopped. I am writing about these two specifically because they have such a large following, which means in the end more people are seeing that problems like these occur much more often than they should. In the end, this problem will not begin to get better until we truly acknowledge who it hurts and how it hurts them, as well as getting media coverage like everyone is doing at this moment in time. To try and help this ongoing problem, you can also write articles, make videos, speeches, go to social media, and many more things. Even the smallest of actions bring awareness to at least one new person. The only way you can make it worse is by contributing to these kind of actions, or seeing them and still staying silent. If you have a voice, you must use it any way you can to help bring this problem to an end.

What happened when I got trigger point injections for my migraines

Since I was little I had what felt like a million and three different health problems. I suffer from migraines, and have for quite some time. I have gone through multiple different medications trying to find something to help. They all have different side effects, going from dry eyes, increased weight, or depression. But they have all been pills.

In early October, I went to my neurologist and we discussed something new; trigger point injections. It would be nine injections total and they would have lidocaine and prednisone in them. The injections weren’t for my headaches specifically, but they would help the tightness in my neck and shoulders, which in turn should help my headaches and migraines.

Disclaimer: I am not claiming to be professionally informed on anything I talk about in this article. If you want better information on Trigger Point Injections(TPI) then click here. if you want more information on Lidocaine then click here, and finally, if you want more information on Prednisone then click here. Also, feel free to do any separate research on your own!

Risks: Note: these might not be all the risks, or these may not apply to you. These are simply the risks I was informed about before receiving the TPI. There were obviously gonna be little side effects as there would be to anything. Minor pain, tightness in muscles, etc. There were only a few that I feel I should note at this time. I was told that some people feel like they’re paralyzed afterwards, not immediately, but eventually. Like they couldn’t move their neck or shoulders. Some other things were fatigue, soreness where the injections were, slight headaches, things like that. The only main risk I think is really important is that fact that if your doctor puts the needle too far in your shoulders/neck, they could accidentally poke through to your lungs. The risk of this is very slight, but it is still a possibility. I was told if at anytime I felt like it was hard to breath, I should tell them right away and they would send me to a different part of the hospital to get a chest x-ray. Obviously, that didn’t happen and I was fine, and from what I’ve heard, it’s only happened a handful of times.

The process: I’m gonna be honest, I used to be a wimp when it came to needles. Over the years I got over my fear and now I just feel a slight discomfort towards them. Getting my blood drawn would be a three or four on a scale of 1-10, one being the least and ten the worst pain. Shots would be a five, maybe a six, but these injections to me were honestly a one or two maybe.

For me what they did was nine injections. Three on each shoulder, I believe a little above where my should blade starts, directly in my muscles. Then they did three on the back of my neck, about where my back and neck meet. The needle barely went in over an inch, if even that. I’d say the ones that hurt the most were the ones on the edge of each of my shoulder, they just had a sharper pain in my opinion. The TPI itself only took about five minutes. My neurologist then put heating packs where the needles went in, keeping them there by hooking them under my bra straps. She told me this was to help spread out the steroids(the Prednisone) so they wouldn’t stay in the single part of my muscles. She also informed me that if I wanted to keep heating the TPI area, I should only do it once every two or three hours for twenty minutes at a time.

Later that day: Right afterwards I didn’t feel much pain really. I kept the heating pads on my back for about 20 minutes to half an hour. I went to school and the only real problem I had at first was it hurt in my shoulders to carry my backpack on them, so I just held it like one would a baby, or also by the straps in my hands. It was all good until a little over two hours since the I got the TPI, I began to feel a numbness spread through my shoulders(because of the Lidocaine) and then I got really cold. I don’t know if the cold had anything to do with the TPI or if it just got very cold in the school. Within about an hour the numbness went away and I felt fine, before I became extremely hyper. I normally have a tendency to tap my foot to help me concentrate, but during my last class I was tapping both feet while bouncing my legs while also tapping each finger against my desk. One classmate told me that me moving so much made her anxious! Even now, later this night, I still feel very hyper. Like I need to move, but I also am so exhausted. I also have a constant pain in my shoulders and neck and have taken a lot of medicine to help it, so it’s now a dull pain. At this time, it’s the end of the night and that’s where I stand currently.

The next day: When I woke up I felt a tightness in my shoulders and neck. When I brought my backpack downstairs i couldn’t carry it on my shoulders at all, and had to just hold it. Little things like raising my hand or reaching for a pencil hurt really badly. Throughout the day the pain seemed to get worse. On top of that, I also was exhausted, though that could’ve been from all the medicine I was taking. This day wasn’t much different from the day before, besides a more persistent pain. I constantly groaned in pain at the littlest things. Though, today I wasn’t extremely antsy like I had been the day before, like I thought I would be. When I got a hug from a family member, I literally cried out in pain when they touched my shoulder. I’m not that sensitive to pain, but I just could not handle it that day. Overall, I think the second day was much worse on a pain level, but my figeting had gone down, and being tired was better than being antsy in my opinion.

The third day: Once I woke up I barely felt any pain. I was still pretty tight where my neck and shoulders connect, but it wasn’t even very noticeable. I only really felt the pain when I poked at my neck, or when I put my backpack right where the injections had been. I was feeling back to normal on an energy/mental level and was pretty good overall. In general everything was pretty standard. Any of the immediate side effects that I had anticipated were gone by now, and I was feeling pretty good.

Overall: Since I got the TPI I’ve noticed some frontal headaches which were never a problem before, and my mother also experienced them when she first got TPI. I am still a little sore, but I’ve also already seemed to noticed that though I am still getting headaches and migraines, they aren’t quite as intense as they had been before. I don’t think it is working all that well, but it has scarcely been a fortnight. My doctor told me a lot of people don’t notice much improvement until the second set of injections, which I will be getting in about two months. I can’t quite say if it was worth it to me yet, but I do think anything is worth a shot if you are comfortable with any possible side effects that could come with any given procedure. If you think you might be interested in getting trigger point injections(not just for migraines)then talk to your doctor/specialist about them as soon as possible, because it could help you with something you are dealing with!

Mass Shooting in Las Vegas Music Festival

On the 32 floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, at 10:08 P.M. on Sunday, October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire to the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day music festival, across the street, killing at least 59 and injuring 527 people.

He was said to have had multiple illegal weapons with him, and shot through the window, completely destroying it in the process. When police broke down the door he then shot one guard, who is still alive, and fatally shot himself. They were then able to identify him as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. Police are still searching for evidence but here is what we know about the shooter/shooting as of now:

  • The Islamic State has claimed him as one of their soldiers, but there has been no other evidence to confirm that statement
  • He cannot be confirmed a terrorist until the motive is revealed. A terrorist must include these three things:
  1. Commit unlawful violence or threats
  2. Mainly against civilians
  3. It must be in a political pursuit
  • Since we cannot at this time check the last box, he cannot be named a terrorist
  • Because of his suicide, he can only remain a suspect forever as he cannot go to trial
  • In addition to that, the only time it would change is if new evidence pointed to someone else as the shooter
  • He used multiple different rifles during the shooting
  • He was said to have at least 17 different guns with him, some including scopes
  • After searching his house they found more guns, thousands of rounds of ammo, and explosives
  • At this time we cannot be fully sure if he had a mental illness, was intoxicated, or whatever else caused this

 

Here is what we know about the aftermath:

  • President Trump has since tweeted about the shooting and said, “My warmest condolences to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God Bless You!”
  • Many people who were originally injured have died the following day and are continuing to be in a critical condition
  • Ambulances ran short so people who were uninjured put the injured in their cars and drove to the hospital themselves
  • They had to turn down people in line to donate blood due to so many people being there and donating
  • Police/authorities are continuing to search for motive and more evidence, and will likely continue to do so within the next week
  • This shooting is now the largest mass shooting in the United States history, outweighing the Pulse Nightclub Shooting by ten victims

 

A list of the victims names:

Sonny Melton-29 years old. Jumped in front of bullet to save wife. He was a registered nurse at Henry County Medical Center, and his wife is an orthopedic surgeon there.

Rachel Parker-33 years old. She was a technician for the Manhattan Beach, California police department. She was there with three other employees, one of whom was shot, but is expected to recover.

Sandra Casey-34 years old. Special education teacher for nearly ten years before she was killed, she leaves behind her fiance, friends, and other loved ones

Jennifer Parks-35 years old. Kindergarten teacher, said to be the most loving person you would ever meet. She was there with her husband, who, though was injured, will survive. She was proud to do what she did and will be missed dearly.

Neysa Tonks-43 years old. Mother of three, worked at Technologent. One of her sons said, “She lived e=life like it was hr last each day, and she didn’t care what anybody thinks.”

Susan Smith-53 years old. Office manager for Vista Elementary School, in the district for 16 years. Mother of two. She was known for her kindness, and people were dropping flowers outside of he school as a memorial.

Bailey Schwietzer-20 years old. Helped run her family bakery, Bakersfield Speedway. She will be dearly missed by those who knew her.

Jennifer T. Irvine-42 years old. She practiced criminal and family law, she was a black belt in taekwondo, and was apart of many other physical activities. “She was an adventurous person, a very social, loving, caring, inclusive person,”

Lisa Romero-Muniz-48 years old. Secretary in New Mexico. She was known to be there for the students and they could depend on her. The concert tickets were an anniversary present from her husband, as he forgot their anniversary last year

Rhonda LeRocque-42 years old. A large believer in faith and a person who made others happy. She was in California with her family, they had planned to go to Disneyland after the concert. She was a very big giver.

Carrie Barnette-34 yeas old. Worked for Disney food service, a very kind and happy soul

Chrisiana Duarte-22 years old. A beautiful singer and a giver. “Incredibly driven, passionate about everyone and everything.”

Victor Link-52 years old. He had adopted son and lived with his fiancée, Lynne Gonzales. He was said to carry with him a deep passion for life.

Dana Gardner-52 years old. She worked as a document clerk for 26 years, and had one daughter

Stacee Etcheber-50 years old. She had two children with her husband, Vincent Etcheber, and worked as a hairdresser. She was shot and killed when her husband left her to help the police.

Angela Gomez-20 years old. She was a nursing student and was said to be one of the most genuine and loyal person you would ever meet.

Cameron Robinson-28 years old. He created an app for smartphones that would ease navigation for those attending the city governments annual conferences. He died in his boyfriend’s arms

Jack Beaton-54 years old. He was known to be a helpful person, and died as he used himself as a shield to cover his wife’s body from the gun shots. He is survived by his wife and son

Melissa Ramirez-26 years old. She was a daughter of two hard-working immigrants who are now United States Citizens. She majored in business and was apart of a loving family. She was hardworking, and will be missed.

Heather Alvardo-35 years old. She was a mother and friend who was always the first person who would offer help.

Hannah Ahlers-34 years old. Mother of three children, and had a loving husband, Brian Ahlers. In a statement, Mr. Ahlers had said, “She wasn’t too good for anybody. Beautiful, inside and out.”

Kurt Von Tillow-55 years old. He was a loving husband and father. His daughter and wife escaped the shooting unharmed, though his sister in the thigh, and his niece in the ankle. They are expected to recover. He will be survived by them and many more

Thomas Day Jr.-54 years old. Worker as a contractor and was a loving father and friend. He was shot in the head, and his father has not yet seen his body. He was said to often go to concerts with his children

Adrian Murfitt-35 years old. He could fix almost anything, he loved his dog, and his friends. He died in his friends arms, Brian MacKinnon. He has a big laugh and even bigger soul.

Jordan McIldoon-23 years old. A mechanic who was on vacation in Las Vegas with his girlfriend. He was supposed to return home on Monday Evening. His parents, distraught, mentioned he was their only son

Jessica Klymychuk-28 years old. She was a school librarian, and mother of four. She was visiting Las Vegas with her boyfriend. She was said to be the person who did a little bit of everything.

Quinton Robbins-20 years old. Everyone who met him smiled, claimed his aunt, Kilee Wells. She also asked for prayers and privacy for his family as of now

Dorene Anderson-49 years old. A loving mother and wife, she will be survived by her children, husband, and other loved ones.

Steve Berger-44 years old. He was at the concert celebrating his birthday with friends. Shortly after being shot in the torso, he passed away. He was known as loving, and a hardworking man.

Candice Bowers-40 years old. No additional information could be found.

Denise Burditus-50 years old. She was there with her high school love, Tony Burditus. Together they had multiple children and grandchildren. In a statement, Mr. Burditus said to CNN, “Denise always had a smile on her face. Denise never met a stranger.”

Andrea Lee Anna Castilla-28 years old. No other information could be found.

Denise Cohen-58 years old. She was known for her laugh, according to her child, Jeff Rees. Her, and her boyfriend she was with, Derrick Taylor, both died in the shooting.

Austin Davis-29 years old. Davis was supposed to be home, but made a last-minute choice to stay in Las Vegas longer. His supposed girlfriend, Aubree Hennigan, wrote to Davis saying, “I will love you until my dying day baby”

Brian Fraser-39 years old. No other information could be found.

Keri Galvan-31 years old. Mother of three and loving husband. Her husband tried to save her, but sadly it was too late.

Rocio Guillen-40 years old. She was with her fiance and was a mother of four. Her cousin stated, “She was a supermom, always working hard and juggling everything to be the best mom to her 4 children.”

Charleston Hartfield-34 years old. He was honored by President Trump along with all other military veterans who were victims of the shooting. Trump said, “Officer Hartfield was a proud veteran, a devoted husband and a loving father, his death is a tragic loss for this police force, for this city and for our great nation.” He was also a member of the Las Vegas Police Department. A colleague said “People would say he was the funniest guy,”

Chris Hazencomb-44 years old. His mother sadly was the one to have to tell the hospital to disconnect the ventilator that was keeping Hazencomb alive. He shielded his best friend’s wife, and was said to have done the same for anyone else.

Teresa Nicol Kimura-38 years old. She was known for her laugh, and big heart, she was also known by her middle name, Nicol. A friend wrote “She made you jealous of how much she loved life,”

Carly Kreibaum-33 years old. The welcome sign for her small town in Iowa read a message for her after the new of her passing came, “RIP Carly” She will be survived by her two children and husband.

Kelsey Meadows-28 years old. She was a substitute teacher for the highschool she graduated from. She was a “gifted teacher who demonstrated a skill and passion for her chosen profession.

Calla-Marie Medig-28 years old. She earned a promotion the day before left to go to Las Vegas. She was respected, loved, and happy. She was known for her love for country music.

Patricia Mestas-67 yeas old. She was the oldest person to die at the shooting. Her cousin had an interview with USA TODAY and said “If there weren’t people, if there wasn’t music, if there wasn’t laughter, she would find it.”

Austin Meyer-24 years old. He was passionate, loving, smart and more. A family member stated that he wish to open an auto repair shop one day, as well as getting married and having a family.

Carrie Parsons-31 years old. She as recently engaged and worked at the staffing firm Ajilon since 2014.

Lisa Patterson-46 years old. She was a strong believer in God and was apart of the Catholic church. She had a husband and one child, her friends and family say they cannot believe she is gone.

John Phippen-56 years old. He died while shielding a strange. He was there with his son, who was struck in the arm. His son is an emergency medical technician, and tried to help him, but was sadly not able to save him. He died in his son’s arms.

Jordyn Rivera-21 years old. She was known for her kindness, and people are mourning her greatly. She was in her fourth year of college, and will be survived by her friends and family.

Tara Roe-34 years old. She was a mother of two and a loving wife. She was originally listed as missing but was later confirmed dead. She had a kind soul and a friendly face.

Chris Roybal-28 years old. He was a navy veteran, and served from 2007-2012. He was moving to Colorado with his wife for a new job, before being fatally shot.

Brett Schwanbeck-61 years old. He was retired with three children and five grandchildren. His financee was there, bt was not hit. He did not die until Tuesday, at Sunrise Medical Center.

Laura Shipp-50 years old. She is survived by her son, who is currently serving in a unit based in Las Vegas.

Erick Silva-21 years old. He was a security guard at the festival, right in front of the stage. He went to help people over the barrier so they could escape, when he was shot.

Brennan Stewart-30 years old. He covered his girlfriend during the shooting to save her. He was remembered as fun, loving, and selfless.

Derrick Taylor-56 years old. He was with his girlfriend, who also died. He was a veteran, and a lieutenant, he was supposed to return to work that Tuesday. He had two grown sons.

Michelle Vo-32 years old. She was strong and independent. She lived a successful life and took advantage of the opportunities she was given. Her parents were Vietnamese immigrants. She was happy and strong, and that’s how she will be remembered.

Bill Wolfe-42 years old. He was originally reported missing before being confirmed dead. His relatives flew to Las Vegas to find him, before finding out the worst on Tuesday night. He was a Little League coach, and will be remembered by all those who were able to know him.

May the victims rest in peace, and may their loved ones be able to grieve peacefully and respectfully.

People are still in the hospital and others are still searching for loved ones. Below there will be a list of numbers to call for help finding relatives, or helping victims.

If you are looking for information about missing loved ones in the Las Vegas area, call 1-800-536-9488

If you want to volunteer in the Las Vegas area to help victims or offer transportation then check this Facebook page

At the moment, no blood is needed right now

You can look up different charities to help victims and their families on GoFundMe

If you know of any other ways to help victims, talk to politicians about gun control, or anything else that can help those who have been affected, or a way to prevent this from happening again, contact us or leave links in the comment section.

Seven Things to Know About Being a Freshmen

This Tuesday I started my first year at high school. Though it’s only been mere days, I’ve already figured out a lot. Here are seven things you should know when you come into high school for the first time.

7. Yes, everyone really does hate freshmen. As sad as it is to admit, it’s true: The upperclassmen really do resent us. Trying to find your way around the halls, all you hear is older students muttering about how “annoying these little twerps are” or “god, they just get worse every year don’t they?” Sadly, they is nothing we can do about this, just stay out of their way and they’ll likely stay out of yours.

8. Surprisingly, middle school actually is worse! I don’t know about everybody, but almost all the people I’ve talked to, younger and older, all say the same thing; Middle school really exaggerates everything. Since I got to the middle school in fifth grade, they always said the same thing over and over again “They aren’t gonna be this easy on you in high school!” Which is such a lie, by the way. The teachers are more chill and the grading system is already much better here, as far as I can tell. This is a good thing, don’t wait for it to get worse, embrace it while it lasts.

6. You will more likely than not get lost. And that’s okay! Normal, even! You are in a new school you haven’t been in before and probably have at least five different classrooms per day you have to be in. With 3-5 minute passing periods, that doesn’t leave much time to learn your way around the new location. If you can, try getting to school early or staying late and going to each of your classrooms and memorizing which halls to take. And if you can’t do that, remember…

5. Teachers and upperclassmen are not to be feared! Yes, some of them can be intimidating or rude in one way or another, but a good amount of them aren’t that way! Remember, they were in your place once and they probably remember how scary it can be. If your school doesn’t have a buddy system in which an upperclassmen is assigned to a group of freshmen, then take matters into your own hands and find the right person, you’ll be set for the whole year.

4. You should not be worried to ask for help. Seriously. I cannot stress this enough. Trust me, I know how scary it is to ask teachers or other people for help(with schoolwork or other things), but it will only get worse if you let it be. Then, as you let it go on longer and longer, it gets worse and worse and you’ll wish you had talked to someone sooner and your teacher will wish the same thing. If the idea of going to someone for help is too scary for you, ask a friend to go along with you! Do it during work time of your class so you aren’t alone if you can’t ask anyone to come with you. Trust me, you’ll be glad you didn’t put off asking for help.

3. You will make mistakes. And there’s nothing you can do about it. That’s it. It’s a cliche, and it sucks, but it’s life. You are bound to make mistakes time and time again, and I know I sound like a teacher, but they know what they’re talking about. The sooner you accept that mistakes will be made(and that’s a good thing!) the easier it will be for you to grow as a student and a person.

2. While it’s nice to befriend juniors and/or seniors, do not pursue a relationship. Though some people view it as “scandalous” or “hot” it isn’t. There is nothing good about someone who is about to become an adult, dating someone who is just barely a teen. When you look to upperclassmen for guidance, friendships can occur, and that’s great! Wonderful even, because you are stepping out of your comfort zone and making new friends. But once a friendship turns into a relationship with that type of age gap, it likely equals trouble. Not only are they almost an adult, but you aren’t just in different places physically, but also mentally. It isn’t healthy and it won’t end well. Save yourself the mental health, and just stick to dating around your grade and maybe a year younger or older

1. Don’t underestimate yourself. It is hard to change what you’ve known for the past four years. Going to a new building, and sometimes a new city or just territory in general, is scary as hell to say the least. New people, teachers, hallways, and classrooms is a hard thing to do. And you’ve also been constantly told that high school is gonna be hard. And yeah, it is. But there are ways to help you out. Take notes, make up missing assignments, ask your teachers when you get lost during a lesson, just make sure you have what you need to succeed. You’re the only person who knows what you need and how you handle different situations, so you do what you need to do to succeed in school and life.

Small Disclaimer: These things do not always go with everyone’s freshmen experience, it’s different for everybody. This is just what I’ve noticed as a freshmen, and what other people I’ve talked to have found to be true as well.