By: Tiffany Marie Velez, Contributing Writer.

On Valentine’s Day, a day dedicated to spreading love, the news broke across the nation that the eighteenth school shooting of the year occured in Parkland, Florida.

“Congress needs to do more,” said Melissa Falkowski, a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, “not only do we need stricter gun laws, we need more security on school campuses.

There are more mass shootings in the world today than Kylie Jenner lip kits. Gone are the days of being innocent and naive for children.

Sadly enough, safety isn’t promised anywhere, so hug your loved ones and tell them how much you love them while you have them.

Taxes should be taken out of every person’s pay in the United States to provide students with a safer and more secure campus.

Something needs to be done! The same security used to board a plane should be enforced in schools. Guns and knives are not on the 2nd grade school supplies list.

At Bergen Community College, as soon as a student walks in, they should be required to scan their student IDs, and if they bring a guest, they should have to be signed in.

Metal detectors should be implemented in the school. Bergen has a fairly big campus with lots of land, several halls and many students and teachers. Police presence is on-site, but more needs to be done. Prevention for tomorrow will make for a better today.

According to Everytown for Gun Safety, a movement dedicated to fighting for reforms on gun violence, seven children and teens (age 19 or under) are killed with guns in the U.S. on an average day.

There’s always a routine that follows after a school shooting: thoughts and condolences are given to the victims’ families from across the world, the government stays silent and refuse to mention guns but will bring up mental health.

After a few days, less conversations are had about the tragedy and nothing ever changes.

American schools should be a safe haven for students and teachers.

There’s so much work that needs to be done to reach that point, but as a country we are eager to see that happen.

After all, the United States of America is home of the free and land of the brave.