Parkland Rally

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Students In New York, Nationwide Set To Rally Against Gun Violence

March 22, 2018 - 7:13 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The March for Our Lives rally -- a protest against gun violence created by survivors of the Parkland school shooting -- will take place across our country on Saturday.

One of the largest marches will be here in New York City, and WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz spoke with some students who are taking part. They were preparing signs on poster boards Friday afternoon.

The Feb. 14 shooting that left 17 people dead at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was a turning point for Jonathan from LaGuardia High School.

“That was the day where I decided that I want to spend my life doing this – trying to make change in this country,” Jonathan said.

Jonathan said he is marching because he wants the Parkland shooting to be an end of an era -- an era where school shootings happen at all too frequently.

Jonathan said his generation cannot wait for the older ones to act.

“We are the future. It’s our responsibility to pick up the task,” he said. “Honestly, our adults have failed us.”

Organizers say tens of thousands of people are expected to show up for the Saturday rally here in New York City, with potentially hundreds of thousands rallying all across the country.