As pediatricians, we express our sympathy to the community of Great Mills, impacted this week by a school shooting just one week after students there conducted a walk-out to remember the fallen students of Parkland, Fla. The trauma for the students, teachers and parents will be ongoing and will require the entire community to come together to ensure that the needs of all traumatized are met (“Maryland high school shooting: 16-year-old victim still in critical condition Thursday,” March 22).
Sympathy is not enough. All children deserve to feel safe where they live, learn, and play. Every day in the United States, 46 children and teens are shot. Gun violence is a public health epidemic and we must take action now. We are inspired by the resilience and resolve of the students at the heart of the March for Our Lives movement. On Saturday, the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics will march with students in Annapolis and Washington, D.C. in solidarity for common sense gun legislation and school safety. Visit Twitter for more information @Maryland AAP.
Drs. Diana Fertsch and Maria Brown, Baltimore
The writers are, respectively, president and vice president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.