'Our voices are important': Teen's sobering question goes viral | KOB 4

'Our voices are important': Teen's sobering question goes viral

Caleb James
March 16, 2018 10:28 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – She's only 16, but on Wednesday Cristina Salazar's bold statement made a big impression.


With her tiny frame wrapped in a bulletproof vest, Cristina posed a sobering question on Wednesday as she was holding a sign that asked, "Is this the new school uniform?"

"My dad is an ex-New Mexico State Police officer, so I just borrowed the vest from him," Cristina said.

KOB tracked Cristina down after a picture of her statement made social media rounds. The Tierra Adentro Charter School sophomore said the idea came from a conversation with her dad. 

"I knew nobody else would have a bulletproof vest and wear it, so I knew I should have done it," she said. 

But then, there's the why. Shock value? A break from class? 

Cristina said it's none of the above.

"Things like the American Revolution even started with people my age," she said. 

For Cristina, it was a way to peacefully state her opinion on an issue she says will shape her future.

"Young voices are the voices for tomorrow," she said. "And like, we're all saying, we are the people we've been waiting for."

Cristina says her position on firearm policy is simple. The right to bear arms, she says, is a crucial part of American life, but she supports raising the legal age for purchasing a gun.

"If people aren't allowed to drink at 18 they shouldn't have guns," she said. 

She also said she believes the government should ban enhancements like bump stocks.

"Kids know, kids aren't stupid," said Cristina's mom, Christina Romero. "Kids know what's happening in their schools."

Romero says her daughter has expressed her position since a threat was called into her school. 

"It scared her, and to me, that's just unacceptable," Romero said.  

And for kids who just aren't sure if it's okay to stand up for whatever they believe, Cristina says it's time.

"I would definitely say just go for it; our voices are important," she said. "I feel like if we're going to be the next presidents and the new senators, then I feel like we should start now."



Caleb James

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