Students at Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Florida, are walking out of their classrooms to a nearby park to stand in solidarity with the #NeverAgain movement. But they’re not going alone. School officials and security are walking with them and are in support of the demonstration, the city of Weston tweeted, left.
There are also protests and speeches by Parkland survivors happening at the state capitol in Tallahassee.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sophomore Daniel Bishop, 16, said he’s meeting with lawmakers today in hopes of creating “a sense of empathy.”
“I’m just trying to create a sense of empathy. Fortunately, they weren’t involved in a school shooting. But I was. I heard shots right outside my classroom. The gunman jiggled on my best friend’s door handle, and she could have died. And people I know died. My friends died.
And I’m just trying to put them in my place for five minutes. I was huddled in a corner for two and a half hours — no one should ever have to go through that ever again. How am I supposed to step into a place where 17 of my peers were slaughtered?”
As he walks to the Capitol to address lawmakers, he shares what he plans to tell them.
Sophomore Daniel Bishop, 16, is worried about returning to school. “How am I supposed to step into a place where 17 of my peers were slaughtered?” he asks. As he walks to the Capitol to address lawmakers, he shares what he plans to tell them. #ParklandStudentsSpeak pic.twitter.com/9wFvVo9spt
— Eliott C. McLaughlin (@EliottCNN) February 21, 2018
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