On Saturday, March 24 the “March for Our Lives” campaign organized a march that was right here in Chattanooga. It was lead by two CCA students and the majority of the supporters were students or young adults. We have seen how school communities and the media, people of all generations can bring people together to share their condolences and grieve the loss of people who were too young to be taken away.
Something similar happened in our school two weeks ago. During a student-organized walk-out students were able to step outside of their classrooms for 17 minutes to respect and remember the lives of the innocent from the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Though there is much controversy as to what people believe, there is something that all people can come to an agreement on: those students did not deserve to die. How are we able to stop another school shooting? That is a question officials still have yet to come together to find an answer.
Haylee Duncan, a student from East Hamilton participated in the march here at Chattanooga. “It was a pretty different experience. It was my first time going to a march, and I felt very safe.” Haylee enjoyed marching with everyone that shared the same thoughts about the situation as her. Even though Washington hosted the main event, this march was held across the country from Boston, Massachusetts to Los Angeles, California. Many famous people participated like Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, and Harry Styles.
“Students made GoFundMe campaign to support the rally they raised more than $1.7 million in three days on top of $2 million in private donations from Hollywood personalities including George and Amal Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg. The money was used for supplies for the March. After the March happened 42,000 people donated on Sunday (March for Our Lives foundation)."
The student activist promised there are more to come. They are planning to do another walk out on April 20th for the 19th Anniversary of the Columbine High School Shooting.
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