Parkland Students Lead the March for Change: Demanding Action

Last week there was a fatal school shooting at Broward County school Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. 18 lives were taken in this tragedy, placing it third on the list of the deadliest school shootings in US history. Facing many critics, a team of survivors, some being Cameron Kasky, Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, and Sarah Chadwick, are taking action into their own hands.

“When adults tell me I have the right to own a gun, all I can hear is my right to own a gun outweighs your student’s right to live,” said Gonzalez.

Emma Gonzalez delivered a powerful speech at a gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, February 17th. In the speech she expresses her and her peers views about gun control laws and the National Rifle Association, declaring that even the President has accepted NRA donations, and demands he do something soon. The student team has focused their angers and grief into projects to move towards change in the US gun policies. #MarchForOurLives is an event created by Cameron Kasky that will take place in Washington D.C on March 24th.

“Here’s the time we’re going to talk about it, (gun control) March 24th we have the March for our Lives. The March for our lives is going to be in every major city, and we are organizing it so students everywhere can beg for our lives. Because at the end of the day this isn’t about the red and blue, the GOP and the democrats, this is about adults and kids, and at this point you’re either with us or against us,” said Kasky.

These students are gaining tremendous amounts of attention and donations from people over twitter, even Oprah Winfrey stated she would donate $500,000 for the set up of the march. The Women’s March organization plans for students everywhere to walkout of class for 17 minutes honoring the victims of the shooting. Another student walkout, planned by the National School Walkout, will take place on April 20th, the anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at Columbine High School.

The team’s movement, titled #NeverAgain, is current sharing their message with Florida Senators and Representative in Tallahassee for the next few days. They hope that their story and fight is not only held close in Parkland and Florida, but with every student and adult in the United States.