|Born||October 27, 2000|
|Residence||Parkland, Florida, U.S.|
|Education||Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School|
|Organization||Never Again MSD|
|Known for||Advocacy for gun control|
|Website||Official Twitter account|
Jaclyn Corin (born October 27, 2000) is an American activist against gun violence. She is one of the leaders of the Never Again MSD activist movement and the organizer of a student protest to Tallahassee, Florida. She helped to organize the March for Our Lives nationwide demonstration in Washington and she has been a vocal critic of politicians funded by the National Rifle Association.
Early life and education
As a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Jaclyn Corin is the junior class president. In early February 2018, she had been worried about an upcoming test in biology, but this changed on February 14 because of the shooting. Her close friend, Joaquin Oliver was killed, as was her classmate Jaime Guttenberg; she had once tutored the alleged gunman and former student at the school, Nikolas Cruz. During the shooting, Corin was locked in with other classmates for several hours, emerging with hands up as instructed by the police SWAT units. It left her in a state of shock but also inspired her to do something.
Corin met with fellow students at Stoneman Douglas, including David Hogg, Emma González and Cameron Kasky, at Kasky's house; they formed the Never Again MSD movement during these meetings. At first it was a small core group of students, but subsequent meetings came to about twenty students. She explained that their media strategy was to knock through the gun-safety defeatism, reframe the debate, and keep making noise with powerful demonstrations. They acted quickly to take advantage of the news coverage.
Corin was a key organizer of the bus trip protest to the Florida state capital on February 20, six days after the shooting. A report in Vanity Fair suggested it was her idea to have the bus trip soon after the shooting because it was alive in the news cycle; she said "the news forgets -- very quickly -- we needed a critical mass event." Working with fellow students-turned-activists Cameron Kasky and David Hogg, she recruited several hundred MSD students to make an eight-hour bus trip to Tallahassee as part of a "lightning strike". She helped engineer the behind-the-scenes logistics including transportation, chaperone and sleeping arrangements, scheduling meetings with Florida lawmakers and getting permission slips from parents. She demanded the group wear normal school attire and not quibble about bus seating; when some asked for changes to sit with friends, she said "No -- get on your bus." The trip was organized largely by social media and texting.
Corin was a key planner of the March for Our Lives nationwide student protest that occurred on March 24. She advocates that adults register to vote and vote, and that children pre-register. She discussed media coverage:
It's fading a little, but not to the point people are forgetting ... They know our message ... It's all leading up to the march ... Media trucks aren't lining our streets anymore, but people keep asking us for interviews. But we keep declining them. We don't want to over-saturate the media. We don't want people to get 'Oh, I'm sick and tired of these kids. So annoying.' And we also have school.— Jaclyn Corin, March 7, 2018
Corin has made YouTube videos; one called "WhatIf" got 1.4 million views in three days. She has appeared on national television. In anticipation of the March for Our Lives, she appeared on the March 21 episode of the Rachel Maddow Show, along with Gonzalez and Sarah Chadwick. She is scheduled to speak at a rally in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on March 29. She, Gonzalez, Hogg, Kasky and Alex Wind are pictured on the third week of March's Time cover.
Corin criticized the NRA and gun manufacturers for touting the Ideal Conceal, a handgun that folds up to resemble a smart phone. She faulted the NRA for "enforcing the normality of shooting other people"; further, she argued that police, confronting people including persons of color with smart phones, might believe that their phones were weapons, and shoot them accidentally.
- Corin, Jaclyn (March 2018). "I Helped Organize the "March For Our Lives" Because There Is Strength In Numbers". Seventeen.
- Dave Cullen (March 7, 2018). ""THE NEWS FORGETS. VERY QUICKLY": INSIDE THE MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS STUDENTS' INCREDIBLE RACE TO MAKE HISTORY". Vanity Fair. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
... Jaclyn Corin ... spent over three hours captive ... once even tutored the young man ... she settled on a lightning strike. Corin would recruit a couple hundred students from M.S.D. ... they joined forces. ... Meanwhile, Corin spread the word ... the logistics were already complex. She had to transport, feed, house, and chaperone a hundred minors some 450 miles ... Corin was besieged with last-minute issues ..."No," she said. "Get on your bus."...
- ELAINE ARADILLAS (March 1, 2018). "What to Know About Jaclyn Corin, Class President Who Became National Activist After School Shooting". People magazine. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
... junior class president at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, 17-year-old Jaclyn Corin . ... On Feb. 14, Corin lost close friend Joaquin Oliver ... 4. She Organized a Trip to Tallahassee and Made Her Voice Heard Along With Fellow Students ...
- Charlotte Alter (March 22, 2018). "The Young and the Relentless". Time magazine. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
... Kasky and González are sitting with two more of the movement's leaders, Alex Wind and Jaclyn Corin. ...
- Christal Hayes (March 13, 2018). "'We're not backing down': One month after shooting, Parkland student movement picking up steam". USA Today. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
... Just a few weeks ago, Jaclyn Corin was dreading her AP biology test. Now, the 17-year-old high school junior is at the vanguard of a student movement rocking the nation . ...
- Jaclyn Corin (March 21, 2018). "I Helped Organize the "March For Our Lives" Because There Is Strength In Numbers: A 17-year-old Parkland school shooting survivor and activist talks about how she helped the anti-gun violence march on Washington D.C. come to life". Seventeen magazine. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
... The shooting left her in shock ... also inspired her to take action. She joined forced with fellow students ... . She also helped organize the March For Our Lives, an anti-gun rally taking place on Washington DC and across the country on March 24, 2018. Here is Jaclyn's story .....
- Jane Stancill (March 21, 2018). "Anti-gun rally at UNC will feature students from Parkland, Fla". News & Observer. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
... The rally will feature speakers from Parkland ... Sarah Chadwick and Jaclyn Corin have been active in the gun control movement pushed by the school's students, appearing on national television. ...
- "Students press for change on guns ahead of March For Our Lives".
- Associated Press, March 22, 2018, Houston Public Media, Parkland Students On Cover Of Time Magazine, Retrieved March 22, 2018, Note: cover third week March 2018; "... The cover features Marjory Stoneman Douglas students Jaclyn Corin, Alex Wind, Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky and David Hogg,. ... "
- Newsweek magazine, Maria Perez, May 1, 2018, PARKLAND STUDENT SLAMS NRA FOR PROMOTING GUN THAT LOOKS LIKE CELL PHONE ON WEBSITE, Retrieved May 5, 2018