My name is Ben Bressette, and I’m currently a sophomore at Broad Run High School. Below, I’ve written about my experience and the experiences of my classmates following a series of shooting threats toward Broad Run, as well as many other schools across Loudoun. I originally wrote this for Spartans to End Gun Violence, our school’s gun violence prevention club.
Although multiple shooting threats against my school, Broad Run, as well as other schools across Loudoun have been found to be non-credible by law enforcement, we must understand that the fear of gun violence in our country is all too common.
On Sept. 11, many of us woke up to texts from our friends telling us that they love us, telling us to be safe if we were going to school. Many of us left home as our parents reluctantly said goodbye, wondering if we’d return at the end of the day. We’ve gone to our classes seeing the empty desks of some of our classmates, who decided not to risk coming to school. This is not normal. We cannot become desensitized. Enough is enough.
Broad Run High School