School Students Lead March For Our Lives

Never Again
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez comforts a classmate during a town hall meeting.

They have challenged Senators on live television. They have organized one of the biggest marches in United States history. Most importantly, they have changed the way people talk about guns, one of the most controversial political issues of our time. They haven’t even graduated high school yet.

On February 14th, students of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida endured a nightmare. A gunman entered the school and began shooting students. Students huddled in their classes. Some hid in closets. Seventeen people did not make it out.

This was not the first mass shooting in the United States of America. Since 1999 there have been 25 shootings at schools. The students of Stoneman Douglas have vowed to try to make this one the last. They formed a movement called Never Again. Rather than waiting for adults to make changes, they are demanding changes. They want laws to make schools safer.

They have worked hard to tell people their message. They have given many television interviews. They have spoken with lawmakers about the kind of laws they think will make schools safer. They have organized rallies. On March 24th, the Never Again movement led a protest march that gathered hundreds of thousands of people in Washington . They demanded changes in gun laws. Now, they want to make sure people vote for people that will make these laws happen.

What Do You Think?  What actions do you think you can take to make changes you think the country needs?

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