Including Shooter Canceled?

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A controversial topic that has been talked about and all over the news is school shootings. Unfortunately, this happens so often that it seems like a regular thing. Our Viking Vision Theater Group tried to shed a light on the topic with a play by the name of “Including Shooter”. This play focused on the aftermath of a school shooting and how it affected everyone including the shooter, hence the name. However, this play was shut down by administration and the theater group had to cancel the play.

Many theater students reacted negatively about the cancellation. They went on social media platforms such as Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram to voice their opinions. Tristan Prather, who played the school shooter, was very disappointed to find out that the community wanted to have the play canceled. When asked why it was canceled he stated that,

“It was canceled because of the public’s concern with the content and the language.”

Many parents along with our school administration believed that the play was glorifying school shootings and had the potential to give individuals such thoughts.

The play also included many real-life people involved in shootings such as Seung-hui Cho and Brenda Spencer.  The show portrayed their point of view during and after the disaster. Makenzie Russell, who portrayed Seung-hui Cho, stated,

“I was upset that the community had concerns on things they don’t understand and they weren’t open-minded. They decided to shut something down because they were scared of the aftermath, but in reality our message was not to glorify school shootings, it was to show the aftermath and how it affected people’s lives.”

Many students not involved in the play also had an opinion on the issue. When asked what she thought on parent’s reaction to  the play, Junior Rashel Rodriguez responded by saying,

“If parents don’t want their children to see the play, then they shouldn’t buy them a ticket.”

She then added that the play would have been very informative on something that happens every day.

Many are asking what theater will do now that their first play was canceled. On October 18th at 7pm, they will be performing their new show “Selfie”.

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