Isn’t it disgusting that the kids of Stoneman Douglas HS are being bullied on the internet, by adults?

Everyday when I wake up, since last weeks mass shooting, I tell myself that today I’m going to keep my feelings, my thoughts, my anger about what happened to those kids in Florida to myself.  That it’s sort of a “enough” now, I can’t blog about it every single day.  I mean I know plenty of bloggers, and people on social media that haven’t said one thing about it at all.

But I’m not wired that way.  Maybe it’s the mother in me?  Maybe it’s the idealistic part of my character that feels like we all have to apply more pressure until change comes?  Maybe, just maybe, it’s because the kids who survived the shooting are not backing down, that has me, and so many people still talking about it one week later.  Whatever it is, I’m actually pleased with this turn of events, because in the past, after the camera crews have left the murder site; which is usually within 48-72 hours the story goes away.  We don’t think about it again until we’re standing in the checkout line at the market and see the faces of the victims on the latest People Magazine.  These kids are not standing for that, they are warriors, and I believe they will change America.

This post is for “Katie”, who suggested that I should just take my “dumb family” back to Canada because I happen to think the lack of any conversation happening within the US government about how to stop the mass shootings that are becoming a “normal” part of every Americans life is a damn shame makes me a “hater” of the country.  The country where my youngest daughter was born, the country where some of my best friends reside, the country that I always dreamed of owning a home in, and the country that I spend a great deal of my tourists dollars in.  I don’t hate your country Katie, your politicians who are owned by the NRA, who are sitting on their hands turning a blind eye, a deaf ear, and stone cold heart to the hundreds of children who lose their lives, and the parents who bury them.  Those people I hate, with a passion that I honestly never knew I could feel, since I’m not naturally a hateful person.  And if “Katie” had read the post all the way through she would have seen me say that my country Canada, is also failing their citizens who suffer with mental health issues.  My country is far from perfect, said that in my tweet as well, which I guess she also missed?  But the one thing my country, along with so many others are doing right is how they handle and manage guns, America, to be blunt about it, sucks at it.  Like is the worst at it, and these aren’t my feelings, this sadly is fact.

But I’m a tad bit bored about posting over the semantics of the Florida shooting, because I’m sorry, but so many of the politicians who have Twitter, really shouldn’t, along with a great number of “journalists” are saying the absolutely most ridiculous and heinous things about the kids from Florida.  Kids who are actually putting themselves out there in a very real way to make sure that their friends deaths weren’t in vain.  Being bullied on social media by “adults” is just so completely gross that I wish judgement day, and when people get condemned to spend their lives in hell was a televised event.  I would love to see what the fates will bring to all these people who are posting things like the children from Florida are pawns in the left’s agenda, and other absolute BS.  I mean the fact that Florida lawmakers voted against a bill that would have banned assault weapons.



Like are you kidding me right now?  This doesn’t make me say “hmmm” people this is a total WTAF is going through these people’s minds???  There were kids standing before them who watched their friends die.  Do these people not have kids?  Do they not have grand-kids?  Do they not have hearts or souls?

Who can do that?  Who can make that call.  Days after a mass shooting happens in your own backyard, you have a chance to be on the right side of the law, an opportunity to really make a name for yourself, and possibly save your ass and even get reelected.  But they chose not to.

Every single one of you who voted against this bill should be utterly and completely ashamed of yourself.  But to bully these kids on the internet tells me that they’re doing the right thing, and I hope and pray that the support of not only George and Amal Clooney, but that of Oprah proves to these kids that they’re doing the right thing.  So Katie, I don’t know about you, but it sounds like to me that you would do better to be pissed off at the people who are in leadership roles and deciding the laws of your country, than me.  Unless of course, you’re also with them…


  1. I’m still amazed when those–like Katie–fail to see the hypocrisy of calling someone else a hater while they have just spewed something hateful. That’s a kind of stupid ignorance that needs calling out! (Are you still reading this blog Katie?) I don’t care if you, Shantelle, are a U.S. citizen or not–America was built on free speech and we need to start believing it. “Freedom for the thought we hate,” said Oliver Wendell Holmes.

  2. Yes, yes, YES!!!!!! There are so many American politicians spouting “Thoughts and Prayers”, as if thoughts and prayers will stop the next shooting. It is a question of collective will to put proper legislature on a federal level in place, so there isn’t another one! And, yes, it needs to be on a federal level, because at present it seems to me there are too many states that don’t take it seriously enough.
    And “Katie”: If you want to keep America great, you need to see that when people give you critique, it’s an opportunity to change for the better. And sometimes that critique needs to come from someone not in the thick of it. No one country, religion, or person on this earth is perfect, and we need to be aware that we can always do better.

  3. Great post. We are of one world and as the global community, we all need to be standing up and saying no to the many horrible things happening in this world (mass shootings in America being one of many). “Katie” comments are less than helpful. Keep speaking up Shantelle. We cannot let our voices be silenced as one day they will be heard.

  4. Wow! What an uneducated response to your blog. This Katie person is obviously a couple cookies short of a pack to even make that comment. Since I’m not on social media, thankfully, I both cannot, yet can believe that adults would troll kids after what they’ve witnessed to their school families. I feel anyone that harrasses them are afraid of the ultimate power they yield. They’ve had enough! They are smart, and ballsie enough to march on Washington to be heard!! They are future voters, some of which are coming of age to vote, others are right around the corner. Obviously Washington is shaking in their boots if they think these kids are going to go away! They are sooo wrong!! I say go get em!! And NEVER BACKDOWN! This is at an all time high level of insanely stupid! And these kids aren’t going to sit down and shut up. I’d beware if I were a politician today. These kids are more savvy in social media and will use this to their benefit! Go get em!!

  5. It is human to focus on the one person that disagrees with what we are saying but ignore the majority of Great comments that support you

    Don’t let it get to you . Canadians are basically Americans and vice versa it’s just the governments that are different.

    The simple fact that bothers me is

    What makes it ok for an assault rifle to be sold legally to a citizen ? And a teenager?! It’s not for any type of sport …it’s meant to kill large numbers. Can’t wrap my head around this

  6. I am so glad you called out Katie. I was shocked that anyone would post something like that. And you’re right, I don’t think she even read the whole blog And where does she get off coming after you and your family??!!
    I was amazed, no that’s not the right word, horrified about that gun vote in Florida. What was in their heads? I can’t even imagine. Everyone needs to take note of how their incumbents voted on this. And around the country, we need to take time to research Any candidates voting record. We need to be a more informed voter. And speak to myself on this as well.
    And these young people are pawns of the left agenda??? In your words and mine WTAF. They (the ‘adults”) can’t stand the fact that these young people are not going away, they are coming for them an brining along a lot of us. I am amazed at their strength and resolve. These are youngsters who have every right to hideaway and mourn. But they are taking that mourning and turning it into a powerful and passionate Purpose.We should all stand with them
    And you blog about this every day if you choose. There are a lot of us out here listening and absorbing your words

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