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The Jaguars' Spot, Dec. 5


December 02, 2013
In the last 18 years, 239 students and adults have been killed in school shootings across America.

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Alina Gonzalez
To make that number hit home we have 276 Seniors at VCHS, meaning (in the last 18 years) school shootings have pretty much wiped out our Senior class.

Shocking, yes? The number of deaths and injuries in the last two decades from school shooting reaches nearly 1,000, but what causes someone to just decide to take another's life?

That is a question that is left up to interpretation in the Fall production of Bang, Bang, You're Dead.

Written by William Mastrosimone to raise awareness of school violence and its causes, this play is based on the events surrounding Kip Kinkle's shootings of his parents and 27 of his classmates at Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore. in 1998. The one-act play follows Josh and four of his deceased classmates as they try to get him to admit as to why he killed them.

BBYD brings to light a rather touchy subject while remaining neutral on the causes of the matter.

This play opened last night in the Maxine Theater and will continue with performances tonight, Thursday the 5th, and Friday, the 6th, at 6:30 p.m. All performances are free of charge and followed by a Q&A with the cast.

With mature content, this play is recommended for children 13 and older. (Personally, I believe the production is suitable for children of all ages especially now considering the not so long ago Sandy Hook shooting.)

Directed by John Ward and staring many talented actors such as Dade Nelson and Ivan Quezada (both as Josh), Kelsey Rocha (Emily), Andreas Rütsche (Michael), and this columnist (as Katie), this will mark the 10th year Valley Center High School has put on BBYD, making it the only high school in the county that has continuously spread this message.

"It's an honor to be a part of this show and I hope everyone sees the true importance that is portrayed on the stage," says Kelsey.

Many other cast members agree with Andreas as to why they joined the cast of BBYD, "I'm doing this play to honor all of the fallen students who have died because of school shootings."

Take the time to come out and discover the problem with school shootings and its causes, Jags. More importantly, pay tribute to those who never achieved their dreams and were taken way too soon. I hope to see you all at the Maxine.

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