Boy Writes ‘Will’ In Case He Is Ever Shot At School
The recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida has reignited the debate about gun law reform in the United States in recent weeks. However, the effects of the shooting are having other impacts on children across America.
Javon Davies, a sixth grade student from Birmingham, Alabama, has been so affected by recent events that he wrote a will in the form of a letter to his best friend, Cameron, in case he is ever injured in similar circumstances.
He told CBS affiliated news channel WIAT: "It was a PlayStation 4, plus controllers, plus the game that goes to it. My cat, my TV, my Xbox."
He said he wrote the letter 'just in case something happened to one of us because some kids get rowdy up and might end up getting somebody shot or something'.
The letter ended with a message for his family that read: "Dear family, I love you all. You gave me the clothes on my back and you stuck with me all the time. Love, Javon."
His mother said that Javon had written the letter after a threat was received by his school. She said that she was shocked and upset by the contents of the letter.
She told the TV crew: "I could not believe it, you know. I mean my child is in the sixth grade. This is something he should not be thinking about,
"It's really hard because he's so young. He just shouldn't have to go through that period, because, for what? He's in sixth grade. You have a lot ahead of you, and these things going on, you shouldn't have to worry about, go through or even think about."
Despite the continuing threat of gun violence in schools across America, Javon remains unafraid and his mother says that they can't live in fear.
Javon said: "I know it's going to be okay because God got me in his hands."
After the shooting at Stoneman-Douglas School in Florida on Valentine's Day, the state of Florida has introduced wide reaching gun laws that raise the age at which people can buy guns, started a waiting period for guns, and banned 'bump stocks' - a device that allows semi-automatic rifles to fire hundreds of rounds in the space of a minute.
It also paved the way for the training and arming of school staff in an attempt to curb the impact of school shootings and protect those within schools.
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