Seven-year-old writes letter to Parkland, Florida survivor

Amy Torres said she is proud of her daughter for using her voice.

Posted: Mar 29, 2018 6:27 PM
Updated: Mar 29, 2018 10:29 PM

EUGENE, Ore., -- In light of the national gun control conversation, a seven-year-old girl is using her voice to make a difference. 

After watching the news one day, Lyra Torres said she saw something that made her upset. It was a story about Emma Gonzalez, one of the students from Parkland, Florida who has been vocal about gun control. The story was about a fake photo circulating online showing Gonzalez ripping the constitution. Lyra was upset someone would make that up, so she decided to write Gonzalez a letter. 

She wrote, "I'm sorry people are being mean to you. I will never be mean to you. Thank you for being so strong, I hope I can be like you one day."

"I thought she'd be very sad that she saw that, so I wrote this letter to make her happy," Lyra said.

Lyra then asked her mom to give the letter to Gonzalez. So her mom sent it to a family member who then posted it on Twitter. The post received thousands of likes and re-tweets.

Gonzalez even responded and said, "I'm honored to know you even this small bit Miss Torres."

Lyra said she was surprised and excited to see that Gonzalez responded.

"I really want to be like her because she's so nice and she like helps the world a lot," Lyra said.

Lyra's mother, Amy Torres, said after she saw the story, her daughter had questions. She discussed what happened in Flordia with her and said it was a difficult conversation to have. Even though she is seven, her mom said she understands what's going on.

Amy Torres said she is proud of her daughter for using her voice.

"I hope that her takeaway is that even though she is small her voice can still be heard," Amy Torres said. "That's really special and I hope thats something that she can take away and can help boost her confidence and let her know that she can do anything."

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