Exactly one month after the horrific tragedy in Parkland, Florida, students at schools across the nation walked out of their classrooms, thinking that somehow that would change gun policy and impose more control over people’s Second Amendment rights. At least that was the front for the free day off, as it’s suspected that most teens followed the herd outside without a real opinion or understanding on the matter.
None the less, many students left. In fact, the mass majority of the student body at schools who promoted this protest participated in it, for a false sense of empowerment or just to fit in with what everyone else was doing. The only thing it accomplished was getting attention for being outside which will make no difference for their supposed cause. However, what hasn’t gotten the attention that’s truly deserved, is the very few students who stayed in their seats while their entire school walked out and what they endured by doing so – and specifically, what was found at one girl’s desk who didn’t protest, but left everyone speechless.
Elizabeth Busdicker is a 9th-grader at South Davis Jr. High, who wasn’t among the mass majority of the kids at her school who seemed to blindly follow a few people’s leed and walk out of school with the rest of the student body. Sure it would have been easier to meld into the herd and not be judged and the one who strayed away from it, but Elizabeth stayed true to herself and made the most important statement of the day that had nothing to do with relinquishing people’s rights.
To stand up amongst your peers in middle school has got to be one of the most courageous acts a teen can do, knowing that it will inevitably be met with ridicule and make you an outcast, which can be emotionally difficult to deal with in this day and age. It was a risk that courageous Elizabeth took on her own, to send a message bigger than what the kids standing outside were promoting. She sat alone in a classroom and while she was there, she didn’t waste her time like her classmates outside. She used it to do something incredible to solve what the protesting students were demanding others to do, proving they weren’t willing to take meaningful action on themselves. Thankfully, Elizabeth was, and in doing so, made a far bigger difference on her own than what thousands of kids across the nation were able to accomplish by walking out.
“It wasn’t an easy decision as almost all of her classmates stood up and stepped out, but Elizabeth stayed put,” Fox 13 reported of the Bountiful, UT girl who stood her ground by staying in her seat.
While Elizabeth was at her desk for hours, she simply wrote letters. She made each one personal because they all carried a massive message that the signs outside didn’t. Instead of walking out with the crowd, she walked up to people individually and handing them a heartfelt note, with words catered to each individual person that they may need to hear to feel noticed, important, appreciated, and valuable.
“We wrote 17 thank you notes to 17 different people in our lives to honor the lives,” Elizabeth explained of her mission to make a real difference of what’s the actual root of the mass shooting issue. Kids feel worthless, insignificant, bullied, and rejected – these are common emotional denominators of “outcasts” who become killers.
“It’s made me a little scared at school, but I really made a huge effort to help these kids who look like they need a little extra help or a little more kindness in their day,” Elizabeth said. “It’s not guns who kill people; it’s people who kill people,” she added.
Elizabeth and other students across the country who were small in number but big in their statement are the real heroes. Many of these well-raised teens who sat in their seats as others walked out around them were scowled at, ridiculed, and taunted, as people passed by their desks, yet they stayed anyway. They are also the ones who have make an effort to talk to the “losers” who need someone to know they exist. This alone can prevent that “outcast” from committing a heinous crime…not collectively getting up and walking out of school. Let’s promote compassion, not control.