The students from Los Angeles high school are participating in “March for Our Lives” rally in Washington, D.C. 15 students from 5 high schools started their trip on early Friday.
Many rallies will be conducted across the country on Saturday and thousands are expected to take part in it. March for our life movement was started after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 17 people were killed by a 19-year-old student using a semiautomatic rifle.
Edna Chavez from Manual Arts High south of downtown Los Angeles is a speaker at the rally. She revealed that she wanted to call the attention of the authorities and people towards the heavy violence permeating the student community. Her brother was killed in 2007 in a shooting near their home.
According to Chavez, controlling gun alone cannot suppress this violence. She is appealing for more job opportunities, mental health services, and mentorship programs for the youth in the country.
She added that they already had more than one lockdown at school this year and she has seen many peers who had to live with the anxiety and trauma caused by such incidents.
It is expected that at least 1,000 students from parkland will take part in the rally on Saturday. Spring streets downtown is the area where the major action is expected.