I wanted to know this myself:
My nephews both went to a public school which was very famous in the neighborhood. And there was this wonderful trend that I noticed each time that there was something important coming up. the school offered the children to buy silicone wristbands that had a message of some significance or in memoriam of something important that had occurred the same time in the previous years.’
Now, why I was intrigued?
I have been a sociology student at my college and one of the ways we were taught that people’s mind could be diverted to an issue if they are made aware of the significance of the issue and also made to constantly remind about the proactive role that they ought to play if a change was desired or a movement had to be pulled along.
So, after the atrocious school killing which left nineteen dead in the state, the next week the kids wore these bands around their hands that read “stop the gun culture, save the student.” And I could help but ask my eight-year-old nephew what he meant by that.
His answer took me by surprise:
Adam, only eight gave me a detailed construction of what unfortunately happened at the school and how moved he was emphatic for the children who had lost their lives and that he had bought the band from the school not just to show solidarity in the cause but also because he knew that the money that is collected from the sales proceeds will in totality be given to the dependants of the victims. And that is why he was among the first of the few to pick up not just one but one dozen.
I was tearing up inside when he handed me one!
He said, “Aunt Elisa, here is one for you; wear it and show the world that we are one with the victims. We cannot allow such shootings to happen in school anymore and for that, we need to create awareness, don’t we?” I was dumbstruck but impressed with my young hero all the same!!