When Did This Become Normal?

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Growing up, Lizzie never realized how deeply she was affected by what she saw on the news and experienced at school. But when she took the time to look back, she started to understand that events she experienced really impacted her way of thinking and daily life, and the level of her anxiety.
When Lizzie was younger, she lived at Fort Hood - the biggest U.S. military base in the country. She was there when a horrible shooting happened. The day after the horrific event, she went to school and saw armed guards surrounding the building. When she approached a guard, he assured her that he was there to protect her. But because Lizzie was so young, she didn't understand why she needed to be protected at school. At such a young age, the whole thing was really confusing.
Then, when Lizzie was in middle school, another student brought a weapon to school. The student was caught before he was able to use his weapon, and the school was able to avoid a potentially dangerous situation. However, even though Lizzie was so grateful that things didn't escalate, the whole experience still really scared her.
After that, Lizzie felt a similar sense of fear, confusion and sadness when she heard about the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook. She couldn't imagine how the victims must have felt, and she hugged her younger brother and told him she loved him after hearing about what happened on the news.
Then, when Lizzie was a senior in high school, she found out about another tragedy at Stoneman Douglas. As much as it broke her heart to hear about yet another school shooting, Lizzie couldn't help but feel numb to the pain - and that scared her even more.
After each event, Lizzie became more anxious in her daily life. When her school had an active shooter drill, she couldn't help but fear the worst, and she immediately texted her brother to make sure he was okay.
Lizzie believes that, although this is hard for anyone to comprehend, it is especially difficult for kids and teenagers. She doesn't understand why her generation has to feel any sense of fear when walking into a school, going to a store or heading to a movie. She may think to herself, "When did this become normal?" However, Lizzie has hope for the future. She thinks that her generation will be the change that the world needs to make a difference, and she is hopeful that future generations will not have experience what Lizzie and her classmates went through.
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  1. Zaira Mayandoc

    Zaira Mayandoc11 mínútum síðan

    I am happy to live in Canada

  2. Kyle Andry

    Kyle Andry20 mínútum síðan

    I feel so hope you can feel safe soon

  3. Mrs Ackerman

    Mrs Ackerman23 mínútum síðan

    i live in a hood where shooting up a neighborhood or a school is cool, it’s honestly a mess and terrifying.

  4. Ariel Fuentes

    Ariel Fuentes30 mínútum síðan

    I live in a bad neighborhood....I'm used to it😐

  5. haasini’s life

    haasini’s life39 mínútum síðan

    Florida has so many shootings

  6. miss floof

    miss floof39 mínútum síðan

    We have run out of fun things to do on earth

  7. Meghan Reiley

    Meghan Reiley46 mínútum síðan

    The Santa Fe shooting was 30 minutes away from me. It was fucking terrifying. A girl across the hall was panicking because both her parents worked there (they are safe) and I just couldn't manage to feel safe at school after that.

  8. Origami Kid

    Origami KidKlukkustund síðan

    Not to long ago I was in Science class and we heard guns shots. We had a drill and realized some man who lived near the school had a fake gun and threatened to shoot. Then, soon after that, police shot and killed him 😤 The reason why he had a gun in school property was because we were having a safety assembly about weapons and active shooters but the police wouldn’t let him explain 😔

  9. Tina Ngo

    Tina NgoKlukkustund síðan

    story booth: real stories other channels: I'm too pretty to go to school

  10. Monica Burks

    Monica BurksKlukkustund síðan

    I used to live in fort hood

  11. Nitro

    NitroKlukkustund síðan

    _Cherish your friends and family alike because anything could happen._

  12. A’niya Scott

    A’niya ScottKlukkustund síðan

    Crazy because my school went on code red today

  13. Hi Girl

    Hi GirlKlukkustund síðan

    Am I also the one who has a problem like her but never been in a school shooting I am scared of school because of these shootings

  14. Ixtab Fails

    Ixtab FailsKlukkustund síðan

    We are afraid of scool shootings but we can’t ban all guns we need to train teachers how to disarm a school shooter or give teachers weapons to protect students “fear is our worst enemy “

  15. Crystalla _βella

    Crystalla _βellaKlukkustund síðan

    I’m lucky cuz I live in Britain

  16. BlackCat384

    BlackCat3842 klukkustundum síðan

    My lockdown story In the 2018-2019 school year I was a 7th grade student at a middle school in Canada, then one day while we was switching classes (Last period) we got a alert stating a hard lockdown 94% of students were in the hallway (Some kid from my class hid in a locker in the hallway lmfao) Me and my friends (Let’s call them lily sally and molly) went into room 2D. It was hella empty so I did something dumb. I hid behind a chalk board with wheels molly hid in a closet sally hid in the corner with desks and chairs covering her and lily hides with me behind the chalk board it’s 45 minutes and schools out meanwhile 99% of the school left were still hanging from a chalk board it took 1 in a half hours for them to find us then to figure out the dumb reason it happened... A damn poison snake came in the school all that for a snake?!

  17. Ava Gianna

    Ava Gianna2 klukkustundum síðan

    I live in ct... that’s horrible... sorry you had to go through that 💖💖

  18. Sayuri Esteban

    Sayuri Esteban2 klukkustundum síðan

    I agree because I live in Santa Clarita so I was scared when the Saugus thing the shooting I was shock me and my class were confused there were rumors about that I was a car chase but it was a soft lock down

  19. underpuffy

    underpuffy2 klukkustundum síðan

    I remember when my school did a shooting drill, but didn’t tell any of the students that it was a drill. It was pure chaos, kids bolting to classrooms and kids in bathrooms having panic attacks and everyone texting their parents goodbyes or “I’m okay” texts. A ton of kids just ran off campus because they couldn’t get to a classroom and some called the police and 911. It was insane

  20. Olivia Brooks

    Olivia Brooks3 klukkustundum síðan

    I’m really lucky to live in canada

  21. samantha700 verde

    samantha700 verde3 klukkustundum síðan

    My school has to use clear backpacks, because in the years that it has been open, an 8th grader brought a gun and theartend someone, and a 3rd grader brought a khife threaning to kill himself.

  22. Happy Bacon

    Happy Bacon3 klukkustundum síðan

    “Even in the darkest times there will always be hope” -someone

  23. 《《S A W D A Y》》

    《《S A W D A Y》》3 klukkustundum síðan

    I've never been through a active shooter

  24. Gibby Poblano

    Gibby Poblano3 klukkustundum síðan

    I am from El Paso Texas where the Walmart shooting took place. I agree with this girl about how she feels when I woke up on August 3rd I was very scared because I live right across the street from the Cielo vista Walmart and also my grandma was at that Walmart 15 minutes before the shooting took place

  25. ღnaruookaღ

    ღnaruookaღ3 klukkustundum síðan

    There was a school shooting threat at my school a week ago, and they found a gun in a locker a couple days later.

  26. Yoelin Zacatelco

    Yoelin Zacatelco3 klukkustundum síðan

    When u have anxiety be like

  27. Audrey Turner

    Audrey Turner3 klukkustundum síðan


  28. Audrey Turner

    Audrey Turner3 klukkustundum síðan


  29. artist that animates

    artist that animates4 klukkustundum síðan

    I'm in middle school and I have felt that shooting have become more and more common in my life and that scares the crap out of me.

  30. asd asd

    asd asd4 klukkustundum síðan

    I live in the UK so we Like NEVER have school shooting like the only one I can think off in the Dunblane Primary School one in like the 80s or something We in the UK worry more about knife crime because the rate of it here if like really high especially like in the London area. I am a 1st year in High school in Scotland (12 years old) and on our high school visit days one kid attacked another kid with a knife on their way home and we got a huge lecture from the Head teacher the next morning

  31. Sipho Ike Nwahunanya

    Sipho Ike Nwahunanya4 klukkustundum síðan

    God that's so sad

  32. Thicky Nicki

    Thicky Nicki4 klukkustundum síðan

    The whole gun thing at schools, when it was the election a little while ago Donald Trump wanted to put guns in schools that why everyone would be safe and the teachers can defend their self’s and Hillary was all like NO. I know no one really likes him but there can be good too

  33. Concerts Concerts

    Concerts Concerts4 klukkustundum síðan

    Okay at first the Storybooth: and Other Stories: was funny but now it’s getting so annoying but oh well.

  34. Zachary Brehm (student)

    Zachary Brehm (student)4 klukkustundum síðan

    2:30 why are 2 ic Colorado I was at stem

  35. I E D's

    I E D's4 klukkustundum síðan


  36. Ananya Koirala

    Ananya Koirala4 klukkustundum síðan

    1:51 call me a snowflake or whatever, but people shouldn’t joke like that even though they know that so many people die from school shootings.

  37. Nikola Rozmarin

    Nikola Rozmarin5 klukkustundum síðan

    I actually don't like humans. I someone died in front of me (some stranger) i wouldn't cry BUT IF AN ANIMAL DIED I WOULD CRY MY GUTS OUT!!! SAVE THE ANIMALS AND THE PLANET EARTH SHEEPFUCKERS!

  38. crowly

    crowly5 klukkustundum síðan

    Wow America sucks

  39. InkySpinel 64

    InkySpinel 645 klukkustundum síðan

    It must be hard living in the USA.. I used to live there and I used to go to kindergarten there (Chicago) but luckily I was to young to understand but now I’m worried for those who live in fear. So for any one living in the US the uk are praying for your safety

  40. Marilyn Mendizabal

    Marilyn Mendizabal5 klukkustundum síðan

    My school was to have a lockdown drill right and we all locked our doors and continued doing our work but the principle didn't say lockdown drill in the announcement she said "this is a lockdown." But we still continued doing our work within an hour our teacher told that the principle told all the teachers that this is not a drill! So the announcement comes on and says this "please follow our lockdown drill protocols!" And we did. We've been in lockdown for an hour! And we still don't know why or how our lockdown drill became a real one?