Dallas Townview students walk out to protest gun violence

The Marshall County rally is happening on the same day as the national march, where thousands of students will take to the streets in Washington, D.C., demanding their lives and safety become a priority and for an end to gun violence and mass shootings in schools.

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"Douglas is in the house".

Ho-Shing said she never imagined she would be in the nation's capital under these circumstances.

"We're students fighting for the rights of all Americans to not get shot, for Christ's sake".

Before the shooting, Ho-Shing was just your average teen. Students and parents from across the country, including several busloads from Long Island, are expected to participate, and satellite rallies are planned in dozens of US cities.

Washington is preparing for a massive rally in support of gun control, one that organizers hope will prove that the country has reached an emotional tipping point on gun violence, with teenagers seizing the initiative and leading the demand for change. They say reasonable gun laws are what they want.

"If we live our whole lives assuming nothing's going to change, nothing will change", she said.

"We keep saying, 'Oh this is going to be the last time.' But there's already been another time", Renert said.

She plans to wake up early for the noon Saturday rally along Pennsylvania Avenue with her Douglas High friends.

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Andre Barbosa, one of the organizers, said he wants his voice to be heard. They weren't in a position to address travel costs, said Gabrielle Zwi, 17, who is one of the organizers of the group.

"It says if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem".

The Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky sponsored the local group of students like Atherton High School senior Josh Ferguson.

"We really wanted to make sure that we highlighted and uplifted the student voices, because numerous events in San Diego are often organized by community organizations", he said.

"You start realizing that this country is really messed up", she said. And they're doing it in even in places like Massena and Potsdam.

Stoneman Douglas students are among them.

Cart said this was a different way for people to use their skill sets to make a positive contribution to their community in response to recent violence across the country, most notably the February 14 high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 people.

  • Valerie Cook