COLUMN: In case of emergency, press record

Roxanne Timan, Managing Editor

Roxanne Timan, Managing Editor

By Roxanne Timan, Managing Editor

Follow her at @Roxlobster

The aerial bombing of the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War gave Pablo Picasso a grotesque scene to create for one of his best-known masterpieces. ‘Guernica’ by Picasso is highly regarded as one of the most influential pieces of art against violence, ever.

A snapchat video during the Florida school shooting of a pair of women’s legs behind a desk full of blood, bullet holes through a Macbook, and students’ hands trembling as police in riot gear scold them to “put their phones away” hit the internet and faced unnecessary backlash.

The clip is met with criticism from “This whole generation needs a major reality check!! SnapChat Zombies!!” to “That’s probably the most idiotic thing I’ve ever seen, that’s when natural selection steps in” by two grown adults on Twitter, completely immune to their own ignorance.

The rise of live and instant social media has demonstrated our abilities to spread the news of crisis faster than ever before, so why are we shaming people for posting this?

The students in Florida did the right thing by going to social media to share their experiences. The videos are plastered all over online in ways that make it impossible to ignore. Students are making an effort to put our society on the front lines of school shootings.

And it might be working.

This might be the first time in history that we have seen students immediately take to Twitter to be on the offense of a massacre. Within hours, Trump's tweets were retweeted by victims calling him and other politicians out for letting these heinous acts continue without legislative action.

Students in classrooms across America are chiming in any way they can, protesting outside of government offices, walking out of classrooms, spreading their sharp-wit with scalpel-like precision over social media.

They are not letting this happen again, and they need our support.

Violence of this nature will not just disappear out of thin air as they have tried in the past. It requires an uproar louder than we can possibly bear, even if it is online. There is much more to these graphic snaps, tweets, and posts than baby-boomers will ever understand. These are war stories against everything they have tried to drill into our brains about guns, violence, and the importance of education in our society.

Trying to erase events from history is still a common act today, with “trail of tears” being belittled into “a big move” and segregation being seen as a fine compromise. Unfortunately, you can’t erase the thousands of retweets or facebook shares of these videos. They are permanent, and the victims will never let you forget it.

In the end, it is not about the choice of taking a video of bullets flying into a room, or swat men rushing into a terrorized room, it is about victims leaving their mark. By stating that these actions are “extremely troubling” and “disgusting” is like ripping pages out of history books because the pictures upset you. Students are capturing history as it happens, and you can’t ignore it anymore.