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Who’s Next?

Photo essay and poem about the anxiety associated with school shootings

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Photo by Chap Hollin

Photo by Chap Hollin

Photo by Chap Hollin

Photo by Chap Hollin

Chap Hollin, Staff Reporter

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Who’s Next?

Someone knocked on the door today in class.

We all turned our heads and stared so blankly at that stupid door.

Photo by Chap Hollin.

I wish you could’ve sat in that classroom today.

wish you could have felt the air in that classroom shrink.

Photo by Chap Hollin.

 that moment we all went silent because we were holding our breath.

We aren’t allowed to answer the door,

Photo by Chap Hollin.

so we anxiously watch our teacher walk to the door,

praying that someone isn’t standing there with a gun

Photo by Chap Hollin.


 

Photo by Chap Hollin.

“That won’t happen here…”

   “We want everyone  to feel safe…”

“Safe, respectful, responsible!”

“Bullying will not be tolerated…”

    “We take these threats very seriously.”

 

 

 

 


 

“I pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America… it stands… under God… justice for all.”

Photo by Chap Hollin.

 


Photo by Chap Hollin.

“I was told to go back to picking cotton in the hallway.”

 

“This kid started a group message with all the black people said he was going to kill us.”

 

“Yeah… he said he was gonna put his ‘shooters’ on me.”

 

 


“He shouted ‘f****t’ out of his car… I was too scared to say anything… He could’ve had a gun.”

Photo by Chap Hollin.


Photo by Chap Hollin.

“I can’t go to sleep at night because I know my kids are too scared to come to class… What can I do?”

 

“I’ve been having anxiety dreams about it…”

 

“I just have this weird feeling that…”

 

 

 


“I don’t feel safe.”

Photo by Chap Hollin.

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Chap Hollin, Staff Reporter

This is Chap's first year on The Jacket Journal. He plans on using this platform to question, to acknowledge, and create. Chap's passion is art and expression...

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