Oh yeah, that’s chilling.
Courtesy of WaPo:
Student organizers nationwide are planning to display chilling, life-size statues depicting a panicked student crouched under a school desk during a mass-shooting lockdown drill, part of an effort this weekend to sway voters to support candidates who back gun-control measures.
Ten of the statues — made using 3-D printers — will appear at voter registration drives in 10 congressional districts, including at a beach in Irvine, Calif., a booth in front of a museum in Philadelphia and at the Bay View Bash Street festival in Milwaukee.
Artist Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin, 17, was killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. earlier this year, helped design the statues as a way to raise awareness of the dangers students face while attending class.
“I know my son — he was a cool dude — and I know he would think this statue is a really powerful way to get our message across,” Oliver said. “That’s what art does, it stops people, makes them think. It connects with people in a more powerful way than trying to talk them into it.”
The statue of a child hiding under a school desk during a lockdown procedure — something many students practice in schools across the country — has the goal of “showing in one stark image what gun violence has come to in America,” Oliver said.
I find this very compelling and a good visual interpretation of what children are going through in today’s public schools.
And let’s not forget that along with these lockdown drills that students are being sent to school wearing bulletproof backpacks because America is so hooked on guns that it cannot imagine breaking its addiction even to protect our own babies.
Maybe, just maybe, seeing these statues will shock a few more voters into realizing that it is way past time to stop the NRA from choosing our lawmakers.