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It's Monday, February 19.

Flowers candles left at the Pine Trails Park amphitheater for Meadow Pollack, one of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school students killed during the shooting on Feb. 14. Isabella Cueto // Editor-in-Chief

What am I supposed to say?

When 17 innocent people are shot dead, what is there for me to say?

When kids, 14-year-old kids, are murdered while attending school in one of the most developed nations in the world, what is the right thing for me to say?

Should I analyze the scumbag who did this? Should I try to find the part of his childhood that traumatized him? Or perhaps, should I talk about a doctor or guidance counselor who noted that he was troubled? Maybe the kids who called him mean names on Twitter? Should I mention how much time he spent playing “Call of Duty?”

Is there something in particular you would like me to say?

Would you like me to offer my thoughts and prayers? Would you like me to send good vibes and love? How about condolences? Are those all right?

Am I allowed to say anything at all? Is it too soon? Should I let the GoFundMe campaigns paying for these children’s funerals run their course before writing something?

Should I wait until next time? Should I wait until the next shooting to say something? Hopefully the next one will have less victims – that’d be easier to talk about, right?

Those thoughts and prayers still coming along fine? We’ll probably need more of them in the future, right? Maybe if we do well enough this time, it will stop all the other ones, right?

Jason Donnelly is a freshman majoring in instrumental performance.
You can read the rest of his column about Parkland here

How to help: 

• You can donate to this GoFundMe which will provide relief and financial assistance to the victims and families of those affected by the shooting. 

• Marjory Stoneman Douglas alumni, along with UM's Office of Student Affairs, will be hosting a vigil for the victims of the Parkland shooting at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20. 

• There will also be a benefit concert at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 23 at Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale (100 SW 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale) 
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