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Read the Moving Poem Written by One of the Students Killed in Florida

Alex Schachter. Photo: Courtesy of Facebook/lisa.j.nesmith

On Wednesday night, CNN hosted a gun control town hall during which survivors of the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, asked lawmakers, law enforcement, and NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch why their friends and family were murdered. Toward the end of the event, Max Schachter, whose 14-year-old son Alex was killed during the shooting, recited a poem that his son wrote before his death.

“Two weeks ago, Alex was assigned a poem for a literary fair. He decided to write about roller coasters because Alex loved roller coasters,” Schachter said. “He wasn’t writing about his life, and had no idea that his poem would become his future.”

The father explained that Alex’s brother also read the moving poem, entitled “Life is like a roller coaster,” at his funeral. “Now I would like to read it to you because it’s amazing, I love it, and I want everyone to hear Alex’s words,” Schachter said.

Here is the full poem:

Life is like a roller coaster

It has some ups and downs

Sometimes you can take it slow or very fast

It maybe hard to breath at times

But you have to push yourself and keep going

Your bar is your safety

It’s like your family and friends

You hold on tight and you don’t let go

But sometimes you might throw your hands up

Because your friends and family will always be with you

Just like that bar keeping you safe at all times

It maybe too much for you at times: the twists, the turns, the upside downs

But you get back up

You keep chugging along

Eventually it comes to a stop

You won’t know when or how

But you will know that’ll be time to get off and start anew

Life is like a roller coaster

The Poem Written by One of the Students Killed in Florida