In a shifting present of solidarity, on Thursday 60 college students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College in Parkland, Florida, traveled to the Columbine Excessive College in Littleton, Colorado, on the eve of the 19th anniversary of the college capturing to carry a Vote For Our Lives rally. There, at a park close to the college, the Parkland college students joined along with with survivors, households of the victims, present college students, and Littleton neighborhood members.
Previous to their very own tragedy, many Parkland college students had by no means even heard of Columbine, the place 13 lives had been misplaced and over 20 injured on April 20 when two senior college students carried out an assault on the college. Kayla Schaefer, a 17-year-old junior, is a kind of college students who traveled midway throughout the nation for the occasion.
“I really feel like we’re each sort of going via the identical factor,” Schaefer advised CNN. “They went via it a very long time in the past, however we’re going via it now so that they perceive what we’re going via.”
Parkland scholar Carlos Rodriguez, pictured above, spoke on behalf of Parkland college students on the rally.
“Two months in the past, Douglas confronted what Columbine confronted 19 years in the past. I’ve had two months to know what it’s wish to really feel alone, what it’s wish to really feel despair, what it’s wish to really feel ache. We’ve been eternally scarred, and now we share a standard voice,” he stated. “This nation ought to have realized that the proper to dwell, the proper to really feel secure is extra necessary than the proper to reveal arms 19 years in the past.”
The rallying cry of the rally was clear, and November is undoubtedly going to see younger individuals popping out to vote like by no means earlier than. On the conclusion of the occasion, former Columbine Principal Frank DeAngelis learn out the names of the 13 victims at his college. “Exit and alter the world,” he advised the scholars.
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