Emma González and David Hogg have become household names in recent weeks alongside many of their classmates from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Today, they continue to speak out against gun violence in the U.S. In addition to the nationwide dialogue and demonstration the students have inspired about gun control, they also pose an interesting question to the rest of us: How do we critically acknowledge the views of teenagers who have valid experiences but can't vote yet?
We have seen, on the national stage, recent instances of adults approaching this problem irresponsibly. In some cases, adults are quick to dismiss the experience and viewpoints of these student survivors because of their youth. Some adults are quick to either embrace or renounce their views without engagement. And others, still, have levied personal attacks against these teens, as if they are mature, adult political actors whose whole lives deserve ridicule.
One of these strikes was at the hands of Laura Ingraham, a conservative television and radio talk show host known for her show on Fox News, “The Ingraham Angle."
Ingraham drew criticism for the following tweet, “David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA...totally predictable given acceptance rates.)” that accompanied an article from the The Daily Wire summarizing Hogg’s admissions decisions.