Ground Zero in COVID: Kids & Florida
Andy goes to Florida — ground zero in the battle over how to respond to COVID — to hear directly from kids and what they have to say about the pandemic. Two young people have been working to make adults hear their voices: 21-year-old David Hogg and 14-year-old Alana Nesser, both of Parkland, Florida. In 2018, adults failed to keep David and his classmates at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School safe when one of the worst school shootings in history occurred. A few short years later, Alana and her friends have again been left vulnerable by adults in the debate over masks. Hear what kids are saying to one another about trauma, and about what we as adults can do to understand and help.
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Check out these resources from today’s episode:
- Read Alana’s column in the Orlando Sentinel advocating for masking in schools: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/guest-commentary/os-op-schools-masks-keep-politics-out-20210811-tl2qby2b3bgybivv2boe26ylji-story.html
- Here’s the latest on the battle over mask mandates in Florida schools: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article253866718.html
- This article from The New York Times digs into what went wrong with COVID in Florida: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/28/us/florida-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccines-variant.html
- Learn more about March For Our Lives: https://marchforourlives.com/
- Find a COVID-19 vaccine site near you: https://www.vaccines.gov/
- Order Andy’s book, Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250770165
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