NM teens take part in national 'March for Our Lives'
March 12, 2018 07:39 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - This week some New Mexico students are planning walk-outs and others are planning in-school demonstrations as they call for laws, policies and procedures to create what they believe would be safer schools. On March 24, they’re holding a community-wide march in conjunction with the national “March for Our Lives,” created by survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
“Speakers like [Parkland shooting survivor] Emma Gonzalez have inspired all of us to find ways we can be more involved in our own communities,” said La Cueva High School student and local march co-organizer Zoey Kraft.
To some teens, that means planning a local march on the same day as the national rally. It begins at 10am, going from Old Town to Tiguex Park, where they’ll hold a rally with speakers who’ve been affected by gun violence.
“You shouldn't fear walking into your school to learn and fear someone coming in with a gun and shooting you and killing you,” said march co-organizer Blair Dixon. “You shouldn't fear your life being taken while you're getting an education.”
Some New Mexico students will also walk out of classrooms and hold events at their schools on March 14th and 20th.
“We need to stop pushing the conversation into the back of our minds because it's a hard conversation to have- because these issues need to be resolved,” Kraft said.
Teens are the ones leading the events, but they’re inviting the entire community to join in.
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Updated: March 12, 2018 07:39 AM
Created: March 12, 2018 06:52 AM
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