Co-editor of Parkland school newspaper: We made history and we’re not going anywhere

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The co-editor of the school newspaper at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is vowing to continue fighting for gun control and warning that students from Parkland, Fla., aren’t going anywhere.

Rebecca Schneid, the co-editor of the Eagle Eye, wrote in a piece published Sunday in The Guardian that she woke up Saturday morning ready to report on the “March for Our Lives” alongside her colleagues from the newspaper.

“The day we had been thinking about for six weeks was finally here: we were going make history, and we were also going to document it,” she wrote.

She wrote that since the shooting at her high school took the lives of 17 people, she and her classmates have been working relentlessly to make sure the students’ voices are heard.

“And it is not for our own benefit – it is for the benefit of the men, women, and children that we hope to save when our rhetoric and hard work comes to fruition in the halls of Congress,” she wrote.

“I’ve seen first-hand the toll it has taken on all of us, and the extraordinary amount of work required for it to happen. We are exhausted but we feel empowered, too. We can feel it: change is within reach.”

She said she learned during the march that gun violence has touched Americans in a variety of ways. She added that those lessons were “humbling” and “upsetting.”

“Most importantly, it reinvigorated my understanding of the importance – no, the necessity – of this movement,” she wrote.

“Gun violence disproportionately impacts people of color. It is our duty to help them tell their stories, and to share the platform we have received in our part due to our privilege.”

Parkland students plan to advocate for change in an effort to end mass shootings across the country, she wrote.

“This is just the beginning of the galvanization of a movement that will transform the culture of America, hopefully into a nation where gun violence is not normal, and not OK,” she wrote.

“We are articulate. We have opinions. We demand change. And we are not going anywhere.”

The “March for Our Lives” event Saturday in Washington, D.C., drew hundreds of thousands of people to protest gun violence and demand change.

Students who survived the Parkland shooting gave emotional speeches during the march, warning lawmakers that if they don’t take action, they will be voted out.

Marches also took place in hundreds of cities across the country to demand an end to gun violence.


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