- Gina Warren is graduating from Teays Valley High School in Ashville, Ohio, on Sunday.
- Warren decorated her cap with a QR code that will send anyone who snaps a picture to a webpage listing victims of high-school shootings.
- The list includes victims who died in last week’s STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting in Colorado, 2018’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and 1999’s Columbine shooting.
- “I graduated. These high school students couldn’t,” the webpage says, linking readers to everytown.org and marchforourlives.com.
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A high school senior from Ohio is honouring young victims of gun violence with her graduation cap.
Eighteen-year-old Gina Warren is graduating from Teays Valley High School in Ashville, Ohio, on Sunday, and she’s using her big day to remind people of teens who couldn’t walk in their own commencement ceremonies because of gun violence.
Warren decorated her cap with a QR code that will send anyone who snaps a picture to a webpage listing victims of high-school shootings.
Her graduation occurs less than two weeks after an attack at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado, where one student died when two gunmen opened fire at the school.
The webpage lists victims who died at STEM School Highlands Ranch this month, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, Columbine High School in 1999, and more.
i decorated my graduation cap pic.twitter.com/FBzQ8BTIxo
— Gina (@Gi10eight) May 9, 2019
Warren told INSIDER that she was inspired by Parkland students from MSD High school, who at their graduation last year painted their caps orange and attached $US1.05 price tags.
The tags alluded to how much each Florida student was worth to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, based on the amount of money he had received from the National Rifle Association during his campaigns.
“I want people to look at the list and see there is a problem,” Warren told INSIDER of her graduation cap. “I think any reasonable person would see how tragic this is. and I hope that people use their voice to speak up. I’m not trying to ‘push an agenda’ or tell people how to think, I’m just telling people to use their voice and make the country a safer place.”
She told INSIDER she has received mostly positive responses, and even had gun violence victims contact her to tell their stories.
Warren, who plans on studying communications at the University of Cincinnati after graduation, has not experienced gun violence herself.
“But I know that these kids had normal lives just like my own and this problem can happen anywhere at any time,” she said. “We need to all speak up and make sure no more kids have to die.”
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