What Kind of Impact Do School Shootings Have on Kids? Well, Ask This Alabama 6th-Grader Who Just Wrote a Will

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No student at any age should go to school wondering if they’ll even walk back out. No child should already have a “will” prepared just in case they never return home from school.


Unfortunately, in this country, it seems that we don’t care, as lawmakers refuse to put effective gun control measures into place, while flirting with the notion of arming even more individuals on school grounds.

And so that brings us to the story of Javon Davies, who wrote a letter as a pseudo-will with the intention of leaving his best friend his most beloved possessions in the event that he doesn’t return home from school one day.

“It was a PlayStation 4, plus controllers, plus all the games that go to it, my cat, my TV, my Xbox,” Javon, a sixth-grader from Birmingham, Ala., told news station WIAT-TV.

Those were the items he wanted to make sure his best friend, Cameron, received in case he was killed at school. Cameron wrote a similar note, leaving some of his own possessions to Javon as well.

The boys got the idea to write their wills after Javon’s middle school was notified of a threat.

“It was just in case something happened to one of us because some kids get riled up and might end up getting somebody shot or something,” Javon said.


The letter left his mom, Mariama, shocked and saddened.

“I could not believe it, you know, my child is in the sixth grade. This is something he should not be thinking about,” added Mariama, who shared the letter on Facebook. “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.”


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On the one hand, this is sad as hell, and kids shouldn’t have to fear being shot in school.

On the other hand, as a Nation we tend to empathize with the victims of school shootings, but have a lot less sympathy for kids inducted into gangs, or shot by a stray bullet/mistaken identity. We have less sympathy for families seeking asylum or entering the country illegally who are running from terrible violence.