Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun...


10:00 a.m.: The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.


10:02 a.m.: The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.


10:03 a.m.: The auditorium doors won't open.


10:05 a.m.: Someone starts shooting.


Over the course of 54 minutes, four students must confront their greatest hopes, and darkest fears, as they come face-to-face with the boy with the gun. In a world where violence in schools is at an all-time high and school shootings are a horrifyingly common reality for teenagers, This Is Where It Ends is a rallying cry to end the gun violence epidemic for good.

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp