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A Story of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Shooting

by Lauren Hogg

“Sometimes the worst thing can make you realize your own power. I finally discovered who I truly am. I am a 14-year-old girl with a voice. I am Lauren Elizabeth Hogg.”

Activist: A Story of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Shooting is the fifth in a series of graphic novels written by young adults for their peers.

On February 14, 2018, Valentine’s Day, Lauren Elizabeth Hogg lost her two best friends in the now notorious school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In all, seventeen people were gunned down by the shooter, a student at the school. Survivors of that tragic day vowed to rise up and fight for their right—and the right of kids everywhere—to safety in their schools.

Through her grief, Lauren found her calling, joining in the protests of #NeverAgain and the “March for Our Lives.” She and her brother, and so many other Parkland students refuse to allow the memory of their fallen classmates to be forgotten. Empowered with a unique voice, Lauren Elizabeth Hogg is truly an activist for our times.

Publication Date: November 5, 2019
ISBN: 9789947378216

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“This is a strong—and unfortunately relevant—addition to the publisher’s series of graphic treatments of contemporary social issues. Hogg tells her tale in a compelling voice, and the book begins with a page of arresting graphics…The images are appropriately gripping but never sensationalized…Hogg is white, and the diversity of her school community is represented in the illustrations. Inspiring and heartbreakingly timely.” — Kirkus

“A great book written for teens by a peer that shows how, out of tragedy, strength and hope can grow.” — Booklist

“It pairs a biography of her life with her activist involvements and the awareness and grief that blossomed after the shooting, providing a powerful memoir that entwines personal and political growth.” — Midwest Book Review


Lauren Hogg


Lauren is still attending Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where she carries a 4.5 GPA. She is actively involved in the “March For Our Lives” campaign. Her mission is to help raise awareness of gun violence in our country and change current laws that put students in jeopardy.


Describe how the shooting has changed your life.
How has your experience been collaborating with Zuiker Press?
What advice would you give a student concerned about gun violence?
How did March For Our Lives get started?
What are some steps to take to prevent future gun violence?
How can someone get involved if they wanted to help?


Downloadable Guide

Contains: vocabulary activity, student worksheet and answer key, discussion topics, writing prompts, extension activities, and a reading comprehension test.


Five Parent Take-Aways About School Shootings

There is no blueprint for what to do after a school shooting.

If your children are concerned about school shootings in their school, listen to them.
Give space to your child and listen when they feel like talking. Do not ask them questions about the event, just give them words of reassurance. Allow them to spend time with friends who have experienced the same traumatic event. There is power in shared healing. There is no easy way to go around the pain. You must go through the pain, feel the hurt of loss.

If your child is a survivor of a school shooting, get help.
Get your kids professional help immediately after a traumatic event. Don’t wait for them to be in crisis, because it will happen. Support your child. The mental health professional they are seeing may recommend medication to help with anxiety or depression. We learned from Columbine that survivors all suffer collateral damage, such as relationship and addiction issues.

Protect your child from media coverage.
Avoid media and social media exposure after a traumatic event. It may cause further post-traumatic stress to watch the event played out over and over. Get out of the house and away from your screens in the days following a shooting.

Routine is important after the incident.
Keep the routine at home as normal as possible. Children especially find comfort in in routine. Make sure your child is eating, sleeping, and exercising. As soon as possible have your child go back to school.

Prepare your child to take action in the event of a shooting.
Make sure your children are always aware of their surroundings. Shootings are happening at schools, movie theaters, concerts, malls, etc. Train them what to do if they are in a situation with a shooter: Run, hide, fight. If you can, run. If you can’t run, hide. If you can’t run, or hide, you need to fight.


Rebecca Boldrick Hogg

Rebecca Boldrick Hogg, M.A. Ed. has been a public school teacher for 30 years, and has taught in four school districts in California and Florida. She is the mother of Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting survivors and activists David and Lauren Hogg.


The National Writing Project focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation’s educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners. NWP, the nation’s foremost network for teacher professional development, is proud to support the Zuiker Press initiative.

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We also provide downloadable guides to each book for teachers as added resources, often at no charge to the teachers.

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