In addition to national school walk-outs scheduled for March 14 and April 20, a march on Washington, D.C. of students angry over the constant barrage of school shootings has been scheduled for March 24.
On Sunday, five students who attend Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a former student killed 17 people on February 14, went on the weekend’s politcal talk shows on ABC, CNN, and Fox News to announce the march.
People are saying that it’s not time to talk about gun control and we can respect that. Here’s a time: March 24, in every single city, we are going to be marching together as students, begging for our lives,” said Cameron Kasky, a student at the high school.
On Saturday, student Emma Gonzalez’s powerful, emotional speech connected with and galvanized people at an anti-gun rally.
“This isn’t just a mental health issue, he wouldn’t have harmed that many students with a knife!” Gonzalez said, after reading aloud an objectively tone-deaf tweet from President Donald Trump.
March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C.
In Washington, D.C. on March 24, students and family members of victims or survivors school shootings, as well as their supporters, will march.
“We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students,” reads the group’s mission statement.