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The kids involved in the shooting didn’t take this as a reason to be afraid: they took it as a reason to stand up and fight for their lives and talk about what happened. After seeing their friends and peers killed beside them, the students of Majory Stoneman spoke out.
They refused to back down as they fight for gun control.
Students who specifically decided to speak out are Alex Wind and Emma Gonzalez, two survivors of the shooting who are now leading a movement for change: March for our Lives. This march will take place on March 24th in Washington D.C. Wind and Gonzalez, along with students across the nation, have come together and decided that enough is enough. These students are tired of inaction, of seeing their peers suffer, of wondering if their school is next, and of living in fear.
The march will demand that policies be changed so that students lives and safety become a priority in this nation. The youth leaders have also talked about the importance of youth voices and the impact they can have.
In an article with Bazaar, Gonzalez said, “We are tired of practicing school shooter drills and feeling scared of something we should never have to think about. We are tired of being ignored.” These activists are ready to make a change and be the voice that they have not yet seen.
March for our Lives in Madison will take place on March 14, the month anniversary of the Parkland shooting. Student leaders from all four Madison schools have organized a walk out, starting at noon from East High School to the Capital. These leaders have selected five gun reforms to focus their efforts on:
For more information, visit the March for our Lives website, the Madison’s walkout facebook page, or talk to the leaders of the march listed below.
East High School: Emma Falk, Lydia Hester, and Gino VandenBrook
West High School: Emayu Edari, Allison Leyer, and Zenab Nafid
Memorial High School: Caitlin Houck-King and Chloe B
LaFolletee High School: Paulina Baker, Maggie Murray, and Dija Manly
Zoe Meyer and Odessa Chusid