Students from Ascend Charter schools rally against gun violence

Students from Ascend Charter schools rally against gun violence

We intend to march with the students today.

Students, parents and faculty will take to the Michigan Capitol on Saturday and march to remember those whose lives were lost to mass violence.

"I'm fed up with the violence, our whole family is fed up with it", Matheson said. "I don't want that to be part of my life, I don't want it to be my kid's life".

Saturday's March for Our Lives event was a culmination of a month-long effort to honor the 17 people killed during the February 14 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Students in Washington, D.C., will walk down Pennsylvania Avenue during march alongside pop stars Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato.

Farnsworth said he hopes the momentum sparked by the national March For Our Lives movement continues long past the weekend.

"Our goal will be, after this march, to register every young person to vote that we can and to connect them with opportunities to become civically engaged", Harb said. "If they're not going to be there, we're still going to march".

Organizers across the country planned marches after last month's school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

"I think it shouldn't be appearing in our news that students are being shot in their classroom", she said.

Gun reform groups such as Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense are growing; the national organization is now at 4.5 million members, up a half-million from a month ago.

Gun violence in Danville is so prominent that "people can barely go outside" in certain areas, according to teenager Antonae Goshay.

Students from Mt. Blue High School march in downtown Farmington on Saturday
Students from Mt. Blue High School march in downtown Farmington on Saturday

"You can say the rates are what they are", rally speaker and Republican state Rep. Seth Berglee says.

Nerinx Hall High School senior Emily Smith.

They added that the whole conversation is further complicated by the issue of police brutality.

In 2017, he introduced a bill in the Montana House that would've allowed teachers with a concealed weapons permit to carry handguns in schools.

"The Stoneman Douglas students have really got me revved up", said Tracy Haughton of Mill Valley. Mitchell addressed the group once they made it to their destination.

Ottawa's rally - organized by students from high schools across the city - will get underway at 11 a.m. on Parliament Hill, Skelly said.

As Farnsworth and Young-Williams put the finishing touches on Saturday's program, they said all the pieces were falling into place.

"We don't want anybody's constitutional rights taken away", she says.

Organizers in the U.S. capital are expecting as many as 500,000 participants at the Washington rally.

Kristen Deily and Mackenzie Farnham, both 15, and students at South Portland High School, were among hundreds of students who took part in the march.



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