March 20, 2018
Green County Does Not Feel Like Home
By Ashton Bishop
Being raised in a small town and rural community, I grew up around guns. Guns are everywhere in Green County. and it’s not out of the ordinary to be outside and hear someone fire a rifle or to see a hunter to leave their gun in their vehicle during school.
The culture of Green County is intertwined with guns. For some, hunting enables them to put food on the table. We talk openly and causally about guns, to an extent that they are normalized. Because everyone is taught gun safety as a child, we aren’t supposed to fear them.
Even as school shootings started to occur more and more, I believed they were just an inner city issue. I could never imagine my town being next.
But last month, on February 26th, my outlook changed forever.
Green County High School had its first gun threat. We were placed under lockdown for 2 hours until the suspect was found. Initially, we were informed that a student had a gun, stored bullets, and a list of targets. After lockdown we learned there was never a gun or bullets, but there was a list of students being targeted for terror.
Since that day, many people in my school and town have been on edge. Just the mere thought of a gun in school has shaken me and many of my peers to our cores. It’s difficult to be afraid of something that before one incident you were never scared of. I stand here demanding a change… Because right now, Green County does not feel like home.