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Students shaken by shooting focus on stopping gun violence

21 February 2018

Students Kelsey Friend, left, and David Hogg speak last Thursday about the mass shooting at their school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla.

"We're hoping to pass some common sense gun safety laws and (push for the requirement of) extensive background checks", senior Chris Grady, 19, said.

Petty was a freshman and one of 17 people killed in Wednesday's attack at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The Women's March organization designed for youth activists helped organize the school walkout on March 14, calling for students, teachers and administrators to walk out of class for 17 minutes at 10 a.m.

Hogg was responding to Trump's tweet Saturday that Democrats hadn't passed any gun control measures during the brief time they controlled Congress with a supermajority in the Senate.

School officials prepared to reopen Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students next week, funerals for three more victims took place Tuesday and students protests ranged from a group heading to Tallahassee by bus to walkouts from classes at several South Florida schools. "I promised all these kids that I've been talking to that they're gonna go to school and they're gonna be safe, and we're gonna have a movement".

These students are mobilizing for a "March for Our Lives" in Washington, D.C., on March 24.

"There's very little disagreement (among police executives) on what needs to be done", Hoovler said. "We are losing our lives while the adults are playing around", junior Cameron Kasky said Sunday.

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The suspect in the Florida school shooting is reportedly set to receive an inheritance possibly topping a million dollars.

"Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. March For Our Lives believes the time is now", the website's mission statement says.

Of course, the status quo is so corrupted and intransigent that perhaps nothing that is said - including by the transcendent voices of these young survivors - will make a difference.

In April 1999, two students killed 12 classmates, one teacher and themselves at Columbine High School in Colorado.

In addition to the AR-15 variant Cruz allegedly used in the school shooting, he also purchased an AK-47 variant, one law enforcement official said. "Right now, my No. 1 job is to be here for my staff, my students and our community in this time of need".

They'll travel Tuesday night and plan to address senators Wednesday morning and representatives that afternoon.

Gonzalez said, "They say no laws could have prevented the hundreds of senseless tragedies that have occurred". You knew it. It's not the students' fault, it's everyone's fault.

Dozens of volunteers dropped off snacks and water at Saint John's Episcopal Church Monday to help Moms Demand Action build care packages for the arriving students.

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So far, Florida Rep. Ted Deutch, Sen.

Sometimes I look at Emma Gonzalez and hear her speak criticisms of government officials who don't want to change any laws in these areas, and I wonder how many times President Trump has stopped himself from tweeting some typically bad criticism or attack on her.

"I've been having a lot of difficulty sleeping", said Suarez, whose four children have been urging her to leave the profession.

Alex Wind, a survivor, told CNN's Fredricka Whitfield that he did not plan to attend and that the President needed to reach out to the students. And we are not going to have any more numbers added to that list. Their stories, experiences, and activism have great potential to bring us to a future where all people will live freely, unencumbered by fears of being shot on their way to school, to work, or to the store.

Nikolas Cruz, his head bowed, hands shackled to his waist and wearing a red, jail-issued jumpsuit, showed no emotion during the first, procedural session in Fort Lauderdale.

The protest was in response to last week's school shooting in Florida, where 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz is accused of killing 17 people.

And so they march.

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Students shaken by shooting focus on stopping gun violence