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Students speak out at 'March for Our Lives'

26 March 2018

"It's as simple as that". Noir and others have said Gaskill's intervention illustrates that the solution to school gun violence is more "good guys with guns". Fuentes said he was shot in front of her.

'If you listen real close you can hear the people in power shaking. The organization's youth arm helped coordinate nationwide walkouts earlier this month in coordination with the #NeverAgain movement. Her mother, brother and nephew were lost to gun violence in 2008.

"My school is about 25% black, but the way we're covered doesn't reflect that", Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg said the night before. "I don't really know what to expect".

Nothing happened. This time seems different, she said, and she thinks people are listening to the survivors from Parkland. "I'd say there's a lot of misinformation and I came to talk to people", Eric Ciabottonia, a 19-year-old engineering major from Penn State University, said.

He also criticized the students' age as a disqualifier for talking about gun measures. "For far too long, these names ... have been just numbers", she said. As a community, we are immeasurably thankful to the inspiring speakers who volunteered their time and travelled in to be part of our march, and to the Westfield Police Department who kept us all safe and organized.

Altogether, 50 students, family members and staff attended the tournament.

They hope other students won't have to experience the terror and feel the worst fear they experienced at school. "You have to keep up the pressure and also keep things active at the local level with very specific goals, then you have to publicize all the wins, whether it's a key vote or successful efforts in a small town".

Jeremiah Godby, 24, said he stepped out in the nation's capital today because "enough is enough".

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Here is what they said, in their own words.

"Seeing the impact that we had at the walkout, we got all those people and it's like an awesome feeling to be one of the first people to walk out of the building and know that there were hundreds of kids behind me who all made the decision to walk out of class for the 17 minutes", Dowling said. "They were really excited about the idea of political involvement, and I didn't want it to stop there because I felt so wonderful after I participated in that".

The student activists in Washington were buoyed by a massive crowd, and knowing there were more than 800 planned sister marches in the United States and in major cities around the world. "I wanted to do more".

The protesters met at Parkland's Pine Trails Park, the same place where a sombre vigil was held in the wake of the February 14 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

With almost 40 people, including high schoolers and a few chaperones, they set off for Washington, D.C., Saturday.

"Thinking I was going to die", McKenna Pfahl said. "For some people this is their first time that they've ever experimented with political involvement and with activism".

"I like talking to people I disagree with so I can get a broader range of views".

González, who now has more followers on Twitter than the NRA at 1.3 million, on Saturday, again had a powerful moment at the national March for Our Lives rally in D.C. Saturday.

Students speak out at 'March for Our Lives'