Parkland Students Visit South Bronx

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Parkland, Florida Students Visit South Bronx In Anti-Gun Violence Tour

August 10, 2018 - 3:39 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida made a stop in the South Bronx Friday as part of their nationwide tour.

As WCBS 880’s Steve Burns reported, the best introduction to the South Bronx was an impromptu salsa class. It was a homecoming for Ramon Contreras, who was born and raised in the area.

"It means a lot to just bring such a national, huge movement that just the country's behind to my home, the Bronx," Contreras said.

He has joined the Parkland students on their 80-city tour this summer, called the March for Our Lives Road to Change.

"Here we deal with gun violence at a different level,” Contreras said. “National legislation such as universal background checks and red flag laws won't necessarily help out community here."

In the South Bronx, Contreras said, it is more about dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline and investing in minority communities. Parkland student David Hogg said the movement has to be about more than just school shootings.

"Regardless of whether or not you're worried about bullets coming from inside your school or outside, they're still coming from guns and that's still gun violence. Gun violence anywhere is gun violence everywhere," Hogg said.

The group came to the neighborhood to register voters. They also have a private meeting with Mayor Bill de Blasio.