It’s on a somber note that we begin Volume 46 of The Plant. Ten years ago today, the Dawson College shooting took place. I remember being in my grade three classroom on September 13th, 2006; I remember being confused as to why we couldn’t leave, why my school, only a 10 minute walk from Dawson, was under lockdown, why my parents had to come to my classroom to pick me up. In the car, they explained what had happened. I was scared and shocked, but I don’t think I quite grasped it.
It took me a long time to understand the gravity of the Dawson Shooting. I’m not sure if someone who wasn’t present can fully comprehend it. But while putting this issue together, I’ve learned a lot about the resilience of Dawson students and staff.
Dawson today is thriving. And it’s through this lens that we should view the tragedy. We must, of course, remember the victims—remember Anastasia De Sousa by wearing her favourite colour, pink. We must also celebrate how Dawson came together after the shooting. From the Inspire Initiative, the Anastasia De Sousa Memorial Award Fund, the Peace Gardens made in her honour, Dawson’s Centre for Peace Studies, to last year’s Dawson Peace Conference, students and staff have developed initiatives to put meaningful, tangible steps in place towards a more peaceful society.
It’s this thriving community that I want to celebrate at the Plant. This issue, focused on gun violence, puts a spotlight on student and staff perspectives of the events that unfolded, as well as the current thoughts and opinions on today’s gun violence. Get your copy at newsstands around Dawson or come by the Upper Atrium between 10am-2pm.
Editor in Chief, 2016-2017