Hundreds of thousands of students have experienced gun violence at school since the Columbine High massacre in 1999.
I’m John Woodrow Cox, a Washington Post staff writer who has written for six years about the effects of gun violence on children in America. I’ve immersed in the lives of dozens of survivors, including Ava Olsen, who I first met in 2017, soon after her best friend from first grade was killed in a school shooting in South Carolina. Ava, then 7, was so traumatized she quit going to school. I recently wrote about Ava’s attempt, now at age 13, to finally go back.