Samantha Fuentes, Parkland Student Who Was Shot in Both Legs and Survived Describes Phone Call With Trump


Survivors of the devastating Parkland, Florida, school shooting, which marked the 18th school shooting just this year, are standing up and speaking their truth.

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High school students such as Emma Gonzalez, have bravely called out lawmakers, the NRA, and even President Donald Trump himself for allowing these mass shooting to happen. These young students have been using any platform they are given to voice their opinions on gun violence and to organize support.

In a recent interview Samantha Fuentes, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, told NY Times, "Talking to the president, I've never been so unimpressed by a person in my entire life." Fuentes added, "He didn't make me feel better in the slightest."

"He said he heard that I was a big fan of his, and then he said, 'I'm a big fan of yours, too.' I'm pretty sure he made that up," Fuentes stated.

The teen also said Trump called the gunman, Nikolas Cruz, a "sick puppy," and said "'oh boy, oh boy, oh boy,' like seven times."

The 18-year-old has been discharged from the hospital but is left with a piece of shrapnel behind her right eye, and will have to visit specialists to see if she can have it removed.

In an interview with MSNBC, she said, “I don’t know how Columbine wasn’t enough. I don’t know Sandy Hook was not enough. I don’t know how the Las Vegas shooting was not enough. I don’t know how the Pulse nightclub was not enough. I don’t know how any of it was not enough. But now it is. This is enough for me. This is enough for my message, this is enough for my platform, and I’m not gonna let anyone stop me. You don’t know the pain until it happens to you. You don’t know the fear and the sorrow and the disappointment and the complete and utter rage until it happens to you. And the truth is is that it doesn’t have to keep happening.”

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If any changes are going to be made it will be thanks to the powerful voices of these young students who overcame tragedy with resilience and action.