Jami is a junior at Santa Fe High School, where a student killed 10 and injured 13 on May 18th with two guns legally purchased by his father.
“We’re very big on guns. We’re very big on hunting. I mean we have guns at our house,” she stated. “But we never really thought somebody would actually take it upon themselves to take somebody’s life that didn’t deserve to be taken.”
Her mother, Rindy, explained, “I just felt numb because I was heartbroken that my kids and my school was having to go through this. But at the same time, I knew where my kids were and I knew that somebody was there getting them for me. I just needed to get to them. There are people are going to sleep tonight without their children.”
Officials in Texas are divided about how to respond. The Lieutenant Governor has called for armed teachers, while Houston’s police chief wants universal background checks.
“Me and my friend both agree on this that there should be stricter rules to be getting a gun,” said Jami. “Like, they should be regulating that more. And also more of a look on mental illness and like more background checks.”