It has been one whole year since a gunman opened fire on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The incident happened on Valentines Day of 2018 and the tragedy shook the world. The news spread quickly and many sent their thoughts and prayers via social media… But there are still students and teachers suffering from the outcome of the tragedy.
Many of the students are making an impact to this day in American politics and as influencers on social media, advocates from both sides of the political spectrum. But one teacher is making an impact and has been very vocal about the incident that took place in her high school and she is known to the world as the Five Foot One Teacher.
This is Brittany Sinich. She is a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. After the incident, she decided that in response, she chose to inspire many with vlogs on Youtube, encouraging Instagram posts and just being a light in this dark world in general. She now has over 201,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel and over 120,000 people following her on Instagram.
I have been following Brittany for a while on Instagram and I saw earlier this week and as well as today, she posted heartwarming posts, which can be seen below.
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A note from journaling today: I think that I lost a part of me that day and I still ask myself why and how, even when I know I shouldn’t. I tell my students constantly: we have to remember the truth. That reminds us of what we need to fight for. That reminds us of who we need to remember. That also reminds us of what is right in front of us. Together, we can get through this. Some how, some way, we will rise again. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5
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We were writing Valentine’s Day cards almost one year ago to characters in Romeo and Juliet until we heard the loudest noise that still rings in my ears today. The only people in my classroom were me and my precious students. When you go through something traumatic together, you fight together, you mourn together, and you heal together. It has always been us and together we are truly unbreakable, I saw that today. Your messages have been so kind, but to answer your question about how this week is—it sucks. It is hard. It is sad. It is unfair. It is unimaginable and I can’t say that enough. All I know is what is in front of me. This morning I got to school early with my executive class board. We prepared a breakfast and opened up my doors to the rest of the sophomore class, giving them a space to smile. I felt myself feeling nostalgic. I loved watching kids worry about which donut they were going to get—I wish that was their biggest worry. Later this afternoon I met with some more students and we planted sunflowers. Then, I reflected outside my building on the same hill that I sat on one year ago. I looked at it, just wanting everything back. My students, my faculty, my classroom—everything, but this is it. I have to accept that we have 17 angels looking over us and I feel them each day. This week is unimaginable, but we are trying. I’m pushing myself to end this on a positive note. Please, tell someone how much you love them today. Pay it forward. Research what it means to have common sense gun laws. Work with your administration to make sure your school is safe. Stand up more. Speak out more. Give more. Love more. #MSDStrong
So what can we learn from Brittany?
Even when tragedy strikes, we have to keep pressing forward. When things seem like they can never return to normal, direct your attention to the positive. Whenever you feel like the noise around you is getting too loud to hear… call upon the Prince of Peace! Jesus will guide you every step of the way.
While praying for Brittany and her ministry and walk that she has chosen to go down, let us remember the students and teachers who lost their lives on that day. The heroes, the parents, the sons and daughters… and whether you want to or not, pray over the salvation of the one who inflicted the violence as well.