Every five days a parkland: a project tells stories about children who have been lost by armed violence • Good Non profit


The bleak total includes more than 80 young musicians, 30 dancers, 40 community volunteers, at least 80 babies and toddlers and 40 university-related seniors.

In the 12 months since the shooting at Parkland, almost 1,200 American children and teenagers with weapons have been killed.

The daily killings of young Americans together form a "Parkland every five days", according to a new project from The Trace, a non-profit organization that covers firearm violence, in collaboration with McClatchy newspapers and the Miami Herald.

Fourteen high school students and three educators were murdered last Valentine's Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, a bloodbath that inspired a national protest movement for arms control.

SinceParkland.org, a new project from McClatchy and The Trace, tries to tell the stories of every child and every teenager, aged 18 and under, killed with a gun since that shooting.

The profiles are simple and devastating. Peyton Nicole Hurt, 15, was fond of painting watercolors. She was shot by her ex-boyfriend at a house party in Kentucky. Sandra Parks, 13, who had just written an essay on preventing gun violence, was killed by a stray bullet in her bedroom in Wisconsin. Mikey Pacheco, 17, a varsity football player, was accidentally shot by one of his friends while sitting at his kitchen table in Massachusetts.

In Wilmington, Delaware, with America's highest rate of violence with teenage rifles, two half-brothers were killed on a stone's throw: Raquis Q Deburnure, 16, in May, Rashaad Izil Wisher, 18, in July.

In Chicago James Garrett (18) was shot during a vigil for a friend. He had prepared to become a teacher. Two days later, 675 people in honor of him came to a memorial service.

The project was designed as a response to young activists, including many Parkland students, who have criticized the media for not paying enough attention to the toll of daily violence with weapons.

"Young people at the center of the movement really only reprimanded the press to cover massive shootings and go no further," said Akoto Ofori-Atta, editor in chief at The Trace and Project Director at Since Parkland, in an interview with MSNBC & # 39 ; s Stephanie Ruhle.

To write over a thousand stories over the course of a year, The Trace recruited more than 200 teenage journalists from across the country.

"There is no generation that has had to deal with this problem in the way young people have had to deal with today," Ofori-Atta said. "We felt that it was their story to tell, and their perspective was needed."

It was intense, emotional work. Some writers were the same age as the children who commemorated them.

He tried to capture the life of King Thomas III, 15, who was killed in a Texas home invasion, and student journalist Kira Davis, who was then also 15, listened to the music Thomas had posted on Soundcloud.

Joe Meyerson, a high school senior from Los Angeles, noted in a profile of the project that he was surprised and frustrated by how often the news accounts of the recordings contained basic errors.

"These are young men, young women and children who have been shot," Meyerson said. "How do you get their name wrong? How do you get where they lived wrong? How do you get their school wrong?"

Each obituary focuses on the lives and personalities of the lost children, more than the circumstances of their death.

"These children who died every day since Parkland, they were loved, they had a full, complex life," said Ofori-Atta.

This number of 1,200 American children who were killed with weapons in the past year does not include suicide attempts. An estimated 900 to 1,000 more children and teenagers have committed suicide in the past year, bringing the total number of US fatalities of youth guns to over 2000 in one year.

Most of the murders in the youth fights documented in the project Since Parkland are murders. Only 154 of those murders happened, according to Caitlin Ostroff, a data reporter at McClatchy and the Miami Herald. The project was based on data on the death of weapons, compiled by the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit organization that realizes shootings and deaths of firearms in real time using media reports. Project journalists also requested reports from hundreds of police stations to verify the details of the incidents.

About 10% of young people killed with guns were lost by domestic murders. They were killed by their own relatives, their significant others or the significant others of their parents. Many of the 133 domestic incidents were murder-suicides, including dozens of instances where mothers or fathers killed their children and then committed suicide.

In one case, profoundly profiled in the Miami Herald, three young brothers and sisters were shot by their father, who then committed suicide. Odin Tyler Painter, 8, was a Boy Scout. Cadence Nicole Painter, 6, loved to dance. Drake Alexander Painter, 4, preferred the nature of fencing and liked to pick flowers for his mother, who was injured during the shooting, but survived.