David Hogg's "Never Again" Book Will Shed Light On Parkland Students & Their Unstoppable Movement
On February 14, a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people, 14 of them students. Ever since then, many of the surviving Parkland students have become advocates and activists for gun control, perhaps most memorably through the March For Our Lives. And now, a pair of the highly visible survivors have a new project coming out: David and Lauren Hogg have written a book, titled #NeverAgain, which will be hitting shelves on June 5.
David tweeted out the news on Wednesday, tagging his sister's Twitter account in the process. The pair have been active on social media since the shooting, calling for new gun control measures in the hopes of preventing future attacks like the one that killed so many of their classmates.
They've also apparently been working on a book together, and it's going to be published by Penguin Random House in a couple of months. The book's description on the Penguin Random House website shines some light on what it will be about.
This book is a manifesto for the movement begun that day, one that has already changed America–with voices of a new generation that are speaking truth to power, and are determined to succeed where their elders have failed. With moral force and clarity, a new generation has made it clear that problems previously deemed unsolvable due to powerful lobbies and political cowardice will be theirs to solve.
As Entertainment Weekly detailed, both Lauren and David explained their intentions behind the book in statements, and both of them stressed the importance of the current youth generation coming together to affect change.
"It’s amazing to see that so much love can come from so much loss,” Lauren reportedly said. “But from our loss, our generation will create positive change.”
"In times of struggle and tragedy, we can come together in love and compassion for each other,” David also said. “We can see each other not as political symbols, but as human beings. And then, of course, there will be times when we simply must fight for what is right."
Both Lauren and David have been the targets of criticism, scrutiny, and even conspiracy theories from right-wing, pro-gun people since getting involved in activism for gun control. Perhaps most notably, Fox News host Laura Ingraham recently sparked controversy by tweeting about David getting rejected by some colleges, leading him to call for an advertiser boycott against her. He's also subsequently called for boycotts against investment firms BlackRock and Vanguard, on the grounds that they have holdings in gun manufacturing companies.
This will be the first book authored by survivors of the Parkland shooting. It's worth noting that not all of the Parkland students are supportive of the push for new gun control laws; there are conservative students who oppose such laws too. This isn't surprising, as no community, much less one as big as a high school class, is going to be a completely politically monolithic.
In short, Lauren and David's book will be hitting shelves, as well as online booksellers, less than two months from now. The funds from the book, according to the tweet from David announcing its release, will be going towards aiding the Parkland community in the aftermath of the massacre.
Editor's note: Random House on Wednesday made an error in its press materials about the author of the book's foreword. This post has been updated accordingly.