On Wednesday I spent time with survivor of the Aztec High School shooting, Sierra Sanders for an article for Buzzfeed News which examines the impact of trauma on students who graduated the year of a shooting. Sierra, a senior when the Dec. 7, shooting happened has decided to pursue a career in criminal justice due to her passion to end school shootings. Sierra was in the building where Casey Jordan Marquez, a senior, and Francisco Fernandez, a junior, lost their lives. The shooter took his own life a few doors down from Sierra’s classroom. Since the shooting she and her family, (her younger sister, Daniella, a freshman during the time of the shooting was in the classroom below Sierra’s, and has suffered from depression, PTSD and anxiety), have attempted to rebuild their lives. I spent a full day with her and her family and attended a ride along she had with New Mexico State Police. “I just knew I needed to do something. ... This is me trying to make a difference,” she said. It was such a privilege to be welcomed into their home and hear their stories. Link in bio, great article written by Amber Jamieson.