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In 'Since Parkland,' Teen Journalists Created an Unprecedented Record of How Gun Violence Impacts Children

The project tells the stories of 1,200 children killed by guns over the course of 12 months. For more essential reporting like this, subscribe to The Trace's newsletters.

  • In Parkland, kids who endured the unspeakable emerged with a blunt message for the grownups of America: You are failing us. Their frustration was initially and primarily directed at elected officials in Washington and state capitals around the country, but it also extended to the media. Standing alongside their peers from Chicago, St. Louis, and the District of Columbia, they accurately criticized journalists for mobilizing to cover mass shootings while devoting relatively little attention to the chronic gun violence that exposes children in some city neighborhoods to danger every day.

  • “Since Parkland” was conceived as an antidote to that imbalance — one powered by young people themselves.

    Over the summer, more than 200 teen reporters from across the country began working together to document the children, ages zero to 18, killed in shootings during one year in America. The stories they collected go back to last February 14, the day of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, when at least three other kids were fatally shot in incidents that largely escaped notice.

  • The reporting you will read in “Since Parkland” is journalism in one of its purest forms — revealing the human stories behind the statistics — carried out on an exhaustive scale.

    The project exists because of the doggedness of the young people who took it on. Through their determination, we have gained an unprecedented account of the full scale and contours of gun violence as it impacts American children.

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