March for our Lives to call for end to gun violence

Cheryl Sanders
March 23, 2018

The Post's report comes days ahead of Saturday's historic March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., which will be led by student survivors of the Parkland, Florida, high school massacre.

Tears were shed during the ceremony and many hugged afterwards.

Madelyn Olson was a freshman at North Thurston High School in Lacey on April 27, 2015 when a 16-year-old student brought a gun to school and fired two shots inside the busy commons area.

"But black youth aren't seen as innocent victims the way the Parkland students have been, and they haven't received the same kind of support".

"Each minute, a student from student council read the name and a brief bio of the victims", Wiggins told The Enterprise.

If the so-called "adults" in power won't do anything to protect students, protect the residents of their cities and states, then it falls to us.

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Haider noted that he and his schoolmates plan to advertise the march by going into participating social science classrooms at Prospect High to talk about their experiences organizing the event. What lessons are we teaching our children?

Student Jack Williams said his classmates were told that it was more unsafe to be outside because the nationwide walkouts had been so heavily broadcasted. If the school doesn't hand out tardies for students missing class, and if a majority of the school, including staff, just agrees with the basis of having a walkout, it's not really a walkout.

Kersten was appreciative of the police presence and the way the students handled the walkout, he said.

"Amplifier called me to ask if I knew young artists who might be a good fit".

At the center of this march in Grand Rapids is Emily Masternak, a sophomore at Forest Hills Northern High School.

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Gillian Noonan, an attendee and also a freshman at GVSU, said stricter gun control laws will reduce the amount of school shootings in the U.S.

Framingham High senior Aaron Shapiro was one of about 500 students who chose to stay inside the school.

"I'm actually about afraid to drive down the road", Ward said.

The challenge, he said, was to put together a message that was respectful and inclusive. Many feel that, although Stowe devotes a lot of time to preparing for an armed assailant, more could be done.

"If you are my dad's age, you didn't grow up in this", said Lindsey McCormack, a sophomore at Peoples Academy in Morrisville. Ideas for the memorial were pitched beforehand.

"The NRA has the country in a chokehold and until we diminish their influence, nothing will change", she said. "I know Framingham. The one thing that people always say about us, is that we are so incredibly diverse, and that there is so much diversity in that school", said Long, a member of the Class of 2018.

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For those who can't attend the national march, smaller protests are being planned across the country out of solidarity - one will be hosted at Island Park in Mount Pleasant.

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