Oct 8, 2019

Gen Zers are expressing their frustration with school shootings on TikTok

Generation Zers are posting viral videos using TikTok's #darkhumor tag as a way to come together and cope with the increasing realities of school shootings.

Why it matters: More than 228,000 students have experienced a school shooting since the massacre at Columbine High School in 1999, per the Washington Post.

  • In the posts, some are acting out shooter scenarios to music.
  • Others are poking fun at shooter drills while they are actually happening in their classrooms.
  • One user posted that she was on lockdown for 3 hours in her gymnasium at her high school in California. In two subsequent videos afterward she explained that it was their 5th lockdown in 2 years regarding shooting threats. Thousands of users flooded her comments in support and shared their own experiences.

Flashback: Last month, adults were shaken up after anti-gun violence nonprofit Sandy Hook Promise aired a back-to-school PSA video detailing graphic images of students in a active shooter scenario.

The bottom line: Young people are not only expressing their frustrations and helplessness over school shootings through walk-outs or marches, but also utilizing small videos and comment threads as a different form of communal expression.

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Parkland, Santa Fe schools reveal struggles after mass shootings

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High school students from both Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe High School in Texas are struggling with depression, drug abuse and disciplinary challenges after last year's mass shootings, Politico reports.

What's happening: The schools have had to call in mental health professionals and security officers to cope with an uptick in student misconduct.

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More younger members of Generation Z use TikTok than Facebook

Adapted from the Morning Consult's Influencer Report; Chart: Axios Visuals

More young teenagers use TikTok than Facebook, according to a new report from Morning Consult. Instagram and Snapchat still beat TikTok by wide margins, but the viral Chinese karaoke app has quickly become popular amongst Generation Z.

Why it matters: TikTok is following a familiar trajectory, beginning with beating out Facebook as a more popular app for young teens.

Go deeperArrowNov 5, 2019

L.A. high school team with sons of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James holds NBA-style media days

Los Angeles-area Sierra Canyon High School's basketball team tours Dwyane Wade's son, Zaire, as a senior and LeBron James' son, Bronny, as a freshman. They also have 2 five-star recruits and a seven-foot-two-inch center from China — along with an NBA-style media day.

Why it matters: High school basketball teams don't normally hold media days. Then again, the children of NBA legends don't normally team up in high school — so nothing about this is normal.

Go deeperArrowOct 11, 2019