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Hundreds of thousands of people rallied in Washington, D.C., and across the country on Saturday to speak out against gun violence in the wake of the Parkland shooting in February. Andre Tinoco of Northview High School and NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs spoke to people who attended the march to raise awareness about the impact gun violence has had on their communities.
Students from all across the nation are marching today to say that schools need to be a safer place.
But what makes a school safe varies community to community, student to student.
The city of Baltimore provided free buses for 3000 students to travel down to Washington D.C.
JECHA WRIGHT, 14:
Everybody shouldn't get a gun just because they just want to. There needs to be more rules and make it harder to get a gun.
We caught up with Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh as she arrived in D.C.
Their voices need to be heard, you know the voices of urban youth need to be heard. No violence is acceptable no one should die from gun violence in this country.
Sixteen year old Diamond Oscasio travelled overnight by bus with the Chicago organization brave, a peer-led violence prevention youth council.
Diamond wants people to understand that in her community, gun violence is a part of their daily lives.
My cousin passed away. His name was Frankie Gonzalez and he was shot and killed due to being in a crossfire. He was shot in the head. The Parkland kids, for them it was just that one moment and with us every day someone dies or a few people die due to gun violence. And for us it's forever and it has been forever. We know our facts, we're doing our research. And we will keep standing up for we believe until what we believe is comes true.
For PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, I'm Andre Tinoco in Washington D.C.
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