Bisexual Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez opens up to Ellen DeGeneres about the shooting
Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez has opened up to Ellen DeGeneres about the shooting which left 17 dead at her high school.
Gonzalez, the bisexual head of Stoneman Douglas High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance, has been one of the most outspoken student
activists following last week’s shooting in Florida.
She bravely took on the NRA’s Dana Loesch at the CNN town hall on gun control last week, telling Loesch, who has two kids, that “we will
support your two children in the way that you will not.”
And in an emotional appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Gonzalez told Ellen about the moment when an extremist shooter
walked into her school with a legally purchased assault rifle.
“I was in the auditorium, and we’d already had a fire alarm earlier in the day, so a second one seemed really random,” she told the host.
“I didn’t even know it was a real thing until somebody outside of the school texted me 40 minutes later, saying: ‘Are you okay?’ and I was
like: ‘Oh gosh, this is the news – this is real.'”
Gonzalez, 18, became one of the most prominent faces of the students’ movement after her impassioned speech at a rally last week in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The high school senior memorably repeated the phrase “We call BS” about NRA-funded politicians, gun advocates and those who don’t
believe the Parkland teenagers know enough to speak up.
On Ellen’s show, she explained her thinking behind the speech.
“I knew that I would get my job done properly at that rally if I got people chanting something,” she said.
“And I thought: ‘We call BS’ has four syllables – that’s good, I’ll use that.
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