Kashuv on March 8, 2018 at in the Oval Office
|Born||c. 2001/2002 (age 17–18)|
|Residence||Parkland, Florida, U.S.|
|Education||Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School|
|Occupation||Activist · Student|
|Website||Official Twitter account|
Kyle Kashuv (born c. 2001) is a survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, school safety activist and mobile app developer. Since the shooting, he has met personally with President Donald Trump as well as other politicians from both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Following the shooting, Kashuv has received media coverage for his views on the Second Amendment and criticisms of fellow students Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, who are gun control advocates.
Shooting survivor[edit | edit source]
Kashuv, whose parents immigrated the to United States from Israel in the 1990s, survived the shooting, although he was not in the freshman building attacked by the gunman. Following the shooting, he received news coverage and went to Washington D.C. to lobby for "bipartisan legislation", meeting with President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Washington, D.C. politicians. Kashuv's half-hour meeting in the White House Green Room with the First Lady consisted of conversation regarding mental health. After they met, Melania Trump tweeted: "His message of unity inspires us all!"
Kashuv supports the "STOP School Violence Act" introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (FL-R) and Bill Nelson (FL-D). He has asked other prominent Parkland survivors to support the legislation. He was an attendee at the March 24 March for Our Lives event at the White House.
Smartphone app[edit | edit source]
Kashuv is developing a smart phone app that he self-funded that allows bullied or emotionally struggling students to seek help more easily. “We definitely understand we have a lacking in the department for emotional support at our schools,” Kashuv said in an interview on Fox Business, "And right now we clearly see a lot of movement in legislation trying to enact that.” Kashuv went on to say, "“I am right now working on an app … to help moms maybe volunteer at school for emotional support,” he added. The app is called ReachOut, and is currently in the final stages of development. The app allows people to volunteer for emotional support sessions at their local schools, and gives bullied and emotionally struggling students to chat with each other in a private chatroom.
References[edit | edit source]
- "FL Shooting Survivor: David Hogg's Comments 'Egregious and Inflammatory'". Insider. Fox News. March 24, 2018.
- Zak, David (March 2, 2018). "A conservative Parkland student's whirlwind trip to D.C. ended in the Oval Office". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-03-31.
- "Kyle Kashuv sets the gun agenda in Washington - Miami Herald". Miami Herald. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
- Limitone, Julia (February 28, 2018). "Florida shooting survivor creating app for emotional support in school". Fox Business Network.
- "Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv on meeting Trump, his app to prevent another school shooting". www.msn.com. March 9, 2018.
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