I am here because

I’m here because I want to take a step outside my comfort zone, try something new. Get to know the world from another point of view other than the current one. I’m here because I want to push past my limits, add more to what I already know. Because to me, life is all about knowing more than what you already have in your brain. I”m here because I want to turn my weaknesses of speaking, expressing myself and sharing my ideas into my strengths. I don’t want to run away from these weaknesses because they slow me down, I want to face them in a battle that I will remember forever. It’s like what my favorite anime character once said: ” To know what is right and ignore it, is the act of scaredy-cat”. In my case, I have to face my weaknesses because is the right thing to do if I’m ever going to reach my dreams.

I’m here because guns are getting out of control and students like me are being killed. Just this year, they were two mass shootings. One in Florida, and another in Texas. These shootings took the lives of a lot of innocent students, leaving their loved ones in such hard conditions. Not only that, they made students like me feel unsafe about going to school. I’m here because I want to find a way to change all that. I want school to be a place where us student can feel safe and not have to worry about our lives being in danger. For the past years, we’ve been tortured to a point where I feel it’s safe to say that we had enough. If this country and this world it’s going to be carried forward, it’s going to be by us. We are the next generation, killing us it’s killing the future.

I’m here because I want to make a change in my community by surrounding myself with some amazing and strong people here at What’s the Story? I want go further with everyone. This world is full of so many difficulties that I can’t progress through all by myself, I need help from people. This intention of mine reminds me of one African proverb: ” If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go farther, go together”. This was one of the important things I learned at What’s the Story? from day one.

 

 

Hussein Amuri

10 Responses to “I am here because

  • Hussein,
    Wow I can see that you have a lot of passion about keeping schools safe. I think that a lot of work needs to be done around the country about making schools a safe and welcoming place to all. What’s the story is here to support you and help you get the change that our country needs. I think that adding the proberve you used was a great way of saying of what needs to be said.I can’t wait to here more of your ideas in person.

  • Dear Hussein,

    It was great to meet you at the kick-off day and I love that you are in What’s the Story in order to get out of your comfort zone. In my experience, students who have thrived in this program are often ones who are excited by the idea of being challenged.

    As I read your post, I could clearly see your passion around both working with young people to make change and finding ways to make schools safer. As you continue to write blog entries, I’d encourage you to think about which of these things might create more passion or present more of a challenge to you. Do you feel more strongly about working with other like-minded youth to create beneficial change, regardless of topic? Or are you more focused on addressing the issues of safety and guns in schools? Maybe they are equal to you at the moment, which is perfectly fine. I think the instinct is often to settle on a topic early, but a little uncertainty is not a bad thing and can often lead to deeper learning later.

    Erik

  • Dear Hussein,
    Is that how we’re supposed to start these comments? I hope I did that right. I love the quote from the anime you did. I love it very much. What anime is it from? Sorry, off topic. I really like your writing style and I hope we can touch the topic you were talking about with the school shootings and safety issues. It’s a truly sad thing that the world has gotten so bad that we need to worry about things like this. But the passion I get from reading this makes me hope we can do better and make a change.
    -Mel <3

    • Melaina,

      Thanks for the warm feedback, I appreciate it. About the comments, you can do it in any way you feel comfortable doing it, it doesn’t really matter. The anime quote, it’s Kakashi from the Naruto serie who said it. Can’t wait to touch base with you on October 6 and continue this journey.

      Peace,
      Hussein

    • Melaina,

      Thanks for the warm feedback, I appreciate it. About the comments, you can do it in any way you feel comfortable doing it, it doesn’t really matter. The anime quote, it’s Kakashi from the Naruto serie who said it. Can’t wait to touch base with you on October 6 and continue this journey.

      Peace,
      Hussein

  • Melaina,

    Thanks for the warm feedback, I appreciate it. About the comments, you can do it in any way you feel comfortable doing it, it doesn’t really matter. The anime quote, it’s Kakashi from the Naruto serie who said it. Can’t wait to touch base with you on October 6 and continue this journey.

    Peace,
    Hussein

  • Hussein,

    My experience with you is that you are anything but a “scaredy-cat.” You take risks and are willing to stretch yourself and I look forward to your leadership and work with What’s the Story. Thanks for such a revealing and open post that helps everyone understand you better and see your call for action.

    geoff

  • Dear Hussein,

    I’ve just joined this Blog – so apologies for responding late! Your post really resonates with me – and I live far away in India in a city called Bangalore (in southern India). I used to be a school teacher and I now work with school teachers across India providing professional development opportunities. One aspect I’ve long been bothered about is the physical and emotional safety of children in our schools. Of course in India we don’t have the horrific problem of gun violence in schools. In fact we just can’t fathom why successive US governments and senators have allowed guns to take precious and innocent young lives in American schools! It’s quite unthinkable! But in India we have other problems – and they too are big problems. And we are far bigger country in terms of population compared to the USA. India in fact has the largest number of under-18 children in the world – and all of them are in or need to be in schools!

    So coming back to our problems – Indian schools typically tend to be rather harsh and authoritarian places. We have a culture of teachers inherently being strict and stern and rather unapproachable. In extreme cases we have incidents of physical and emotional violence towards school children meted out by teachers. So our schools too are not very safe. Take for e.g some recent news reports from Indian media :
    https://www.livemint.com/Education/pzpsJO8vHsXzz6pTA1eQZP/How-safe-are-our-schools.html
    https://www.dailyo.in/politics/ryan-international-school-pradyuman-thakur-murder-cbi-education/story/1/20474.html
    https://indianexpress.com/article/india/in-karnataka-school-boy-found-dead-5233333/

    Some you tube clips about safety in Indian schools:
    Students’ Perspective: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWYWQtDpYNo&index=1&list=PLZQaErB2tIvXNDctf7LnqbxRblMuxcBuE
    A Psychologist’s perspective : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J51OypNrRww&list=PLZQaErB2tIvXNDctf7LnqbxRblMuxcBuE&index=2
    Another Student’s perspective of what school was for him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-kZtAbTHfI

    You may have some questions – do feel free to ask
    More later 🙂
    Take care
    Maya

    • Dear Maya,

      My sincere apologies for replying to your comment way too late. But just want to say thank you very much for taking your time and doing it, really appreciate.

      But anyway, about schools in India. Here in the US, I’m an immigrant from Tanzania, and the schools there were just like how you describe the ones in India. Super strict, unapproachable, harsh and so on. There, one mistake would lead you getting beaten on your butt so hard, that from that moment, a chair would be your enemy. It was horrible Maya, horrible to the point where I feel sorry for those students back in Africa. But ever since moving here in the US in 2015, those types of experience don’t exist to me anymore. Here, teachers don’t whoop their students’ butts with big wooden sticks, in fact, I found them very helpful in my life. Schools aren’t very strict with the laws they give out and really care about how they might impact students. But with all that good stuff, schools are still not perfect. Guns are running around schools, it’s like our Congress doesn’t even exist for some reason. Here, instead of me getting whooped on my butt, it’s me and students from all around the country being afraid of our safety.

      By the way Maya, I saw you in those videos you shared with me, you are amazing.

      Questions:
      – What’s your history with What’s the Story?
      – Are you ever going to come and see us?

      Peace,
      Hussein

  • Meg Allison
    2 years ago

    Hello Hussein,

    I admire your passion and determination to make your world – and school – a safer place. Gun violence is a huge problem in the United States and it is manifested in our schools, where children are killing other children. I believe adults have failed our young people in this regard. But, on the flip side, I believe students have the ability to make huge changes and our the biggest asset we have to combat the epidemic of gun violence in our schools. I believe in you, in your generation, and am hopeful that we will find solutions to keep us safe from harm.

    I am an educator at U-32 High School outside of Montpelier, VT. As an educator committed to social justice and action, I look forward to seeing all the good work you will do with What’s the Story? this year!

    Kindly,
    Meg

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