Parkland survivors talk gun violence with Chicago high schoolers

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Survivors of last month’s mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., met with Chicago high schoolers to talk about gun violence, CBS Chicago reported Monday.

Shooting survivor Emma González hosted high schoolers from Chicago’s St. Sabina Academy this weekend, according to the report.

A youth services coordinator at the Chicago high school told the news outlet that the students discussed the difference between the mass shooting in Florida and the everyday gun violence experienced in Chicago.


“It really gave me hope to see these kids from high schools putting their minds together regardless of what city they’re from, or experiences, to do something about this gun issue in America,” Lamar Johnson said.

The trip to Florida was reportedly organized by former Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Michael Pfleger, a priest at St. Sabina known for his activism and advocacy for gun control.

González, who has been a vocal advocate for gun control in the weeks since the school shooting, tweeted Sunday about the meeting.







The students at St. Sabina will participate in a national walkout to protest gun violence on March 14, and also plan to travel to Washington, D.C., later this month for the “March For Our Lives” organized by the Florida shooting survivors, according to CBS Chicago.

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