When a deadly school shooting killed 17 of her classmates and teachers, marking the 18th school shooting in less than two months in 2018, Emma González said no more. The high school senior along with other courageous Marjory Stoneman Douglas student survivors said no more to the inaction of our political leaders, no more to the NRA influencing our policies and no more to mass school shootings. In a gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale, she gave a powerful speech declaring, "We are going to be the last mass shooting" and she's been the leading voice in gun reform since then. Read more about this brave individual below.
1. She's become a young orator
Emma Gonzalez. A student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) February 17, 2018
An American Hero.
All of it.
The young people will set us free. https://t.co/yftQ2OeZfO
The high school senior modestly credits her teachers for her skill in speech writing but it's her passion and her ability to connect with those around her that makes her stand out. She mentioned that she knew she wanted to have a chant so she decided on "We call BS" because it was four syllables and memorable. She didn't want to use the full curse word because she doesn't need to have profanity to make her point across.
2. She's already President
today was my first day back at school where i had to retrieve my belongings. first thing i did was grab my camera from my bag and check the photos from that day, february 14. i love you three. our lives have changed entirely, how i wish we could all just go back. pic.twitter.com/rvnT7QTCoR— rain #NeverAgain (@rain_valladares) February 25, 2018
After her speech on February 17th, many people were cheering, "Emma Gonzalez for President." She joked that she was already President, of her school's Gay-Straight Alliance club. The soon-to-be graduate was touring the New College of Florida, a liberal arts school in Sarasota, just days before the tragedy. She has not made a final decision but she recently received an email from Drew University in Madison, N.J. stating they wanted her on campus after seeing her speech.
One thing is for sure, any college Emma decides to attend will be happy to have such an inspirational leader.
3. She gained a million Twitter followers - in just days
Congrats to @Emma4Change for hitting 1 MILLION followers! What's impressive isn't the number so much as how fast it happened—just days… she's leaving the President of the United States in the dust right now, in terms of growth (Emma on the left, Donnie on the right) pic.twitter.com/WDRpe8B9C6— William LeGate (@williamlegate) February 27, 2018
After joining Twitter last week she has already been verified and followed by over a million people. She has double the amount of followers than the National Rifle Association. After her fiery speech calling "BS" on politicians, the NRA, and President Donald Trump, she has been a prominent voice in gun reform and has been using Twitter to discuss these issues.
4. She sports a striking buzz cut
The high schooler says there's no feminist stand behind her buzz cut, her hair was just "an extra sweater" that she did not need under Florida weather. She told her school's Instagram page, Humans of Stoneman Douglass, “I decided to cut my hair because it was a pain in the neck, if you’ll forgive the pun. It was really hot all the time; it was very cumbersome and very heavy, leading to a lot of headaches. It was expensive to keep it up, and as prom time came around, I figured it would be cheaper to not have to worry about doing my hair. The more my parents said no, the more I wanted it. Actually, I even made a powerpoint in order to convince them that I should do it. I figured I would look really good with it, and I do. So, it all worked out fine.”
Nevertheless, her signature look is very inspiring.
5. Her GIF game is strong
Even though the 18-year-old is new to Twitter she has been owning the platform, clapping back on haters, debunking lies, speaking her truth, and using the perfect gifs. Recently Michelle Obama tweeted her support to the students in Florida and Gonzalez replied with a Parks and Recreation GIF that describes all of us.
6. She's appeared on The Ellen Show
Emma and two other students, Cameron Kasky, 17, and Jaclyn Corin, 17, spoke to Ellen DeGeneres about the horrific shooting, the students and teachers who were violently killed, and the origins of the march. Tired of the cycle of only hearing "thoughts and prayers" from our Congressman these brave students decided to organize a march. DeGeneres and Shutterfly announced to the three students that they will be backing March for Our Lives, with a donation of $50,000 joining a number of celebrities, including Oprah and George and Amal Clooney, who have put money behind the cause.
7. She wants you to vote
The Cuban-American is advocating for everyone to take four minutes and get out there and Register/Pre-register to vote.
Emma Gonzalez’s instantly historic speech got the nation to stop and listen about gun reform. Now she’s taking her message to Washington D.C. in the hope of making Parkland America’s last mass shooting. pic.twitter.com/7p069Wy7dA— NowThis (@nowthisnews) February 18, 2018