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Opinion Student contest winners: teenagers look at the news

Blaming the directors and artists for this methodological issue is ineffective and misleading. Martin Scorsese is a cinematic genius, but we should not expect him to write and direct an intimate, accurate and moving image of being a young black woman in America in the 21st century. When these films are made, the cinematic forces should be encouraging.

Joseph Katz, 16
Indian Springs School
Birmingham, Ala.

To the editor:

“The Parkland massacre is not a” memorial “by Gregory Gibson (February 14 Opening):

As a reporter for Gun’s violence Tracking “Since Parkland” Project, I looked for the lives of young victims, discovered their talents and felt the desire of their hearts. Victims had dreams of becoming accountants, playing professional basketball and raising a family. As a teenager, I found it devastating to write about young students like me whose futures were destroyed by a series of shots.

As Mr. Gibson notes, heavy words invade the headlines, leading to a weakening of the public’s sensitivity to the tragedy of armed violence. We have reached a point where we can watch reports of mass shootings without hesitation – we are practically in the Orwellian world.

We should be afraid. Victims are not abstract marks that add to the outcome of firearm violence, but the people who have been killed. We have to stop sugarcoating the truth. Almost every day, someone of my age will be killed by a detonator. The next victim may be me.

Nadia Farajami, 18 years old
Margaret Episcopal School
Laguna Hills, California.

To the editor:

I sincerely agree with “bringing back the graves”, by Lisa Celine Davis (Sunday Review, February 16). Male and female boys have increased acceptance over the years, but the general stereotypes of male masculine girls being lesbian boys and female boys have not disappeared. If the female wants to wear men’s clothes, it is supposed to be gay, or if the man takes care of how he wears or looks, he is assumed to be gay. Why can’t people be themselves without a label attached to them?

When Billy Ilish became big, many people speculated about her sex life because of the way she wore it, but as Mrs. Davis said, Ms. Ellich “offers a refreshing touch.” She has confidence and creativity that inspires girls all over the world to be themselves. She is tomboy today.

But it takes more than one person to break these gender stereotypes. It is a problem between boys and girls alike, and to change those stereotypes both sexes need to stand together and combat prejudice.

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