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The Parkland Student’s ‘Time’ Cover Highlights Emerging Leaders In a Movement & Reminds Us That They’re Still Kids

Since the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in February that left 17 people dead, students from the school have stood up to lead a movement against gun violence. This week, five of the student activists were featured on the cover of Time Magazine, and the image shows their strength while still recognizing (and powerfully emphasizing) their youth. 

This comes in between school walk outs protesting gun violence and the March for Our Lives in Washington, according to The Hill. 

Racked noted that the students featured on the cover include some of the most prominent figures of the movement; Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, Alex Wind and Jaclyn Corin have become synonymous with the youth movement against gun violence ever since the incident at MSD. 

The picture of the students is captioned with bold, white lettering spelling out “ENOUGH.” This connects to the one of the main ideas behind the student protests against the country: Young people have seen enough gun violence in school and they want it to end. 

One small detail that hasn’t gone unnoticed is the lack of shoes on Corin’s feet, Racked pointed out. While there was lots of speculation behind the motive for the bare feet, the author of the cover story, Charlotte Alter, said that the decision to go barefoot was not that deep. Alter took to Twitter to explain that Corin went bare foot because “they’re kids and we just had them wear whatever they wanted.”

So, even though these students are making the cover of Time Magazine, they’re still teenagers. Which leaves adults with a reminder that they need to be the ones to step up. 

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