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‘Are We Next?’: Lincoln High Students Mourn Lives Lost in Uvalde Massacre
Thursday, June 30, 2022

‘Are We Next?’: Lincoln High Students Mourn Lives Lost in Uvalde Massacre

Students grabbed markers at Abraham Lincoln High School on Wednesday afternoon and lined up to answer a weighty question printed in orange letters: What are you thinking?

“They were only 10 years old,” one student wrote. 

“It’ll keep happening until we do something,” another stated. 

“Are we next?” a third asked.

The students were responding to the heartbreaking school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, which claimed the lives of 19 students and two adults on May 24. 

Nathan Padilla, a freshman, writes his thoughts and feelings about the recent school shooting at Lincoln High School in the Sunset District on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. | Camille Cohen/The Standard

The memorial event, organized by Lincoln High teachers and students, took place in the school’s courtyard and centered around 21 empty chairs—each one honoring a life lost in Tuesday’s mass shooting. 

Students were prompted to speak, write or create art to express their emotions and hopes for a safer future.

Tyreque Elleston, a senior, said news of the massacre immediately got him thinking about his younger brothers and how he would feel if he lost them.

“I was definitely heartbroken and sad. It was emotional,” said Elleston, who added that “it’s just a blessing for me to live to age 18.”

Students memorialized the lives lost in the Texas shooting at on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. | Camille Cohen/The Standard

Jose Hernandez said he came to school today disappointed in his country. “The fact that this happened again after happening so many other times … the students had their whole lives ahead of them,” he said.

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Along with remembering the lives cut short in Texas, the memorial also honored those lost to another mass shooting in Buffalo earlier this month. 

The gathering gave students space to talk about the impact of firearms in their own communities. A white sheet of paper quickly filled up with the names of friends and family members lost to gun violence.

And students brainstormed the changes they’d like to see: gun control topped the list.

“If you’re someone in power—someone who could stop this, someone who can make this happen less—then why isn’t the action being taken?” Hernandez wondered. “Changes need to be made and people need to be saved.”

Sophie Bearman can be reached at [email protected].
  • Guns are the problem, and it is ironic that the people of San Francisco are going to recall our DA Chesa Boudin, holding him personably accountable for increased crime in the city. And this recall campaign is funded by republicans with deep pockets, and yet it is 50 republicans in Congress who are beholden to the gun lobby and do nothing to support gun reform.

  • Chesa is the AG. It is no surprise if gun violence happens in SF. Chesa is releasing known murderers because he thinks they can be reformed after a lifetime of committing crime. This recall is driven by angry SF and angry democrats that are tired of having their family members murdered by career criminals and foreign drug dealers.

  • News Medias always target Police, so that Police dare not to do anything. This is the root cause of 19 kids were killed in Texas, while Texas Police was waiting outside for 1 hour. You should blame BLM and Main Stream Medias. Chesa released criminals, and causes innocent people died. Chesa should be recalled ASAP. Yes on H.

  • Campers,

    In 1995 at Potrero Hill John Voorhees and I were teachers and he registered the entire student body to vote and called them to Jury Duty in my old Special Ed former Maual Arts Shop which opened on School Yard alongside graffiti murals of ‘Love’ ‘Peace’ ‘Honor’ …

    We had 500 or so kids in the School and with toughest kids (my Special Ed … ‘Severely Emotionally Disturbed’ (sounds like some cops) …

    Entire school feared my students and when my kids suddenly represented order instead of chaos ??

    300 kids volunteered to patrol the halls from time school opened til it closed.

    Sent kids to Student Court where they got detention or wrote apologies or whatever.

    I did all Detention cause the School was my only life except for Ben, my old yellow tabby.

    There are around 50,000 students in SFUSD.

    Try our Program again.

    You cannot afford to have 6 cops roaming halls all day getting a hundred grand apiece.

    Use 6 students making Nada.

    It will prepare them for life.

    Go Warriors already !!

    h.

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