Eighteen-year-old Meadow Pollack was tragically murdered on February 14 at Stoneman Douglas High School along with 16 others by a crazed gunman authorities were repeatedly warned about.
Her father, Andrew Pollack, along with the rest of her family, is working to honor Meadow's life by promoting improved school-safety measures, potentially saving others from her tragic fate.
Andrew's son and Meadow's brother, Hunter, 29, say they asked to speak at Saturday's massive anti-gun March for Our Lives protest in Washington, D.C. But Hunter's voice was silenced, he says, because his views do not match the Left's agenda, which was echoed at the march.
"We got denied to speak at the march, so I'm not going to the march, I'm going to a lacrosse game," claimed Meadow's father. "I guess he's got a different agenda than their agenda so they denied him."
"I was going to give a speech about Meadow and how devastated I am and how we need to make change, but they won't allow me to put my voice out," explained Hunter.
According to a report at NBC's Local 10 News, student organizer Ryan Deitsch claims Hunter is lying about being denied an opportunity to speak. He simply "never showed up," Deitsch said.
But text messages provided to DML News suggest otherwise. Hunter was told he could not speak at the event after he sent those in power his speech.
In text messages between Hunter and Deena Katz, a Hollywood producer spearheading large portions of the event, the 29-year-old was told they could figure out a way to fit him in the "show" after first being denied.
"At that point Katz gives in and says they’ll make it work, but she also demanded to see his speech," reports DML.
Hunter sent his speech to Katz and an organizer named Julia. He was left in the dark for hours, he says.
At 11:40 p.m. on Friday night, hours before the march, Hunter was informed by Katz that he would not be permitted to speak at the event. The Hollywood producer cited a packed scheduled as her reason in denying the young man a chance to publicly honor his sister's life. Hunter asked for a mere three minutes.
Hunter read a portion of his prepared remarks to a reporter, as seen in the video below.
"I feel that they don't really care about the victims' families. If they did, they would have let me spoken," he said on Saturday. "I don't know what this is about, but it's definitely not about the victims."
Hunter called to protect students by hardening schools via trained security, as we protect our airports and diamonds in a jewelry store.
"What pains me most is that her beautiful life was NOT lost to an incurable disease or a freak accident. She is gone because our schools are not safe. She is dead because the madness of one young man, and his determination to kill — was greater than our desire to stop him," said Hunter.
"Remembering Meadow and the Parkland 17 is something we must all vow to here today. We must promise to take action each and every day until we protect the students of this country. We must protect our students and our schools in the same way we do the patrons at an NFL football stadium, and the passengers at an airport, and the diamonds in a jewelry store. We, the children of America, are the most valuable assets this nation has. Therefore, we hereby put all the leaders and parents of this country on notice. Today, we want you to put a value on our lives — and to protect us above all and everything else," he continued.
Below is Hunter's full speech, which he provided to Katz (via DML):
“On Valentine’s Day I had my heart broken…. we all did… and there’s too much sad irony in that to ignore.
So, today, on this historic event in our nation’s capital with the entire world watching us — as they listen to every word we say — I want to speak about our broken hearts, and what we can do as a country to turn this heartbreak into a mission worth fighting for.
In my heart I know this is not a mission driven by politics, nor should it be dictated by the left or the right. This is not a mission specific to color, religion or economics, but rather, it’s a mission of love; it’s a mission of safety built upon a foundation filled with common sense, and fueled by a common denominator that can bring together every American across this great country.
The one common denominator we all share is a desire to LIVE… We all want to LIVE the greatest life possible.
My sister, Meadow Pollack, was living an amazing life filled with love, passion, dreams, family and fun. She had so much to offer this world, she had so much ahead of her — but — because WE as a school, and WE as a community, and WE as a society, and WE as a state, and WE as a nation failed to protect her — my baby sister is no longer part of this equation we call LIFE.
What pains me most is that her beautiful life was NOT lost to an incurable disease or a freak accident. She is gone because our schools are not safe. She is dead because the madness of one young man, and his determination to kill — was greater than our desire to stop him.
Remembering Meadow and the Parkland 17 is something we must all vow to here today. We must promise to take action each and every day until we protect the students of this country. We must protect our students and our schools in the same way we do the patrons at an NFL football stadium, and the passengers at an airport, and the diamonds in a jewelry store. We, the children of America, are the most valuable assets this nation has. Therefore, we hereby put all the leaders and parents of this country on notice. Today, we want you to put a value on our lives — and to protect us above all and everything else.
We, as the students of this country must take our anger, and our pain, and our desire to LIVE this LIFE to the fullest, and we must channel it into a mission that is obtainable — one that can be achieved without heavy debate — one that everyone can agree upon today, tomorrow, and for decades to come. We are Americans, we are the best and brightest — and so keeping our schools safe should not be a hard thing to do.
What happened at Parkland should have resulted in immediate action across America — but it has not. Two weeks ago a student in Utah tried blowing up a school with a bomb. And then this week in Maryland we lost another life in another school shooting. The weapons may be different, but the objective is the same, so we NEED to protect our schools from the killers who want to kill.
The hatred and sickness that fuels a killer to kill innocent students is something most of us will never understand, but that doesn’t mean it’s something we can ignore. We need to be on a mission to stop these monsters before they take action — we must demand our leaders help those who are sick, but we must also demand that they protect those of us who are not.
In closing, I ask you to say my sister’s name to yourself. It’s such a beautiful name…. MEADOW…. If you say her name, it’s impossible not to feel the beauty of who she was, and who she always will be. MEADOW… it makes me think of a sunny day, like this one. A day where the sun shines on our youth, and shines on our desire to LIVE a safe and happy LIFE.
I can feel MEADOW right now. She is asking us to come together. She wants us to thank the families and parents — like my dad Andrew —- and Mr Ryan Perry — and all the others who continue to fight for the rest of us to be safe. MEADOW is asking us to be smart, and to love, and to share the common denominator we share. Embrace LIFE, make the most of it… don’t let it be wasted.
To my sister MEADOW — who is up in heaven — I promise you here today that dad and me, along with millions of people at our side, will do our part in making schools safe so that this never happens again. We vow to protect America’s children in a way you should have been protected. We will keep them safe from the evil people and all the weapons they use. Until we meet again Meadow, I will miss you like crazy. I love you, we all love you. My you shine on us today, and every day going forward. Thank you.”