On Feb. 14, Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was the site of a horrendous school shooting, which left 17 people dead and more than 14 students and administration injured. The gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz was reportedly taken into custody and charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.
While many continue to mourn the loss of their friends, children, and loved ones, the issue of gun control and policy has been reintroduced, with many calling on local legislators and government to make the change. But Cardi B seems to have a different solution to preventing gun violence and school shootings that doesn’t have to be passed by politicians.
The “Bartier Cardi” rapper expressed her thoughts in a video on Instagram following the shooting. “The school shooter never looks like the jock, the cheerleader or the popular kid. It always looks like a kid that’s a little bit socially awkward,” Cardi stated. “I feel like one of the best ways to prevent these type of tragedies is to stop picking on these kids. Stop bullying these kids. The devil speaks to you the most when you feel helpless.”
There are no reports that indicate Cruz was bullied in school, but numerous sources suggest the 19-year-old was troubled and displayed signs of illness or problems. Additionally, past studies have found that students who are bullied are twice as likely to bring a weapon to school, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s 2011 Youth Risk Surveillance System Survey.
Watch Cardi's full video commentary below.
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