Local students to participate in nationwide March For Our Lives

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Students and advocates from around the Cape Fear are preparing to take part in a national movement.

March For Our Lives was started by the survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The students have become outspoken advocates for ending gun violence in schools.

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On Saturday, marchers can gather at the 100 block of Walnut St. in downtown Wilmington. The peaceful protest begins at 1 p.m.

According to the event’s Facebook page, a peaceful protest is planned to advocate for changes to laws regarding guns. March For Our Lives also emphasizes school safety and actions that lawmakers need to take to improve the safety of schools.

Summer Marshburn, a freshman at New Hanover High School said the march is important to her because a mass shooting could happen to any of our schools. “It’s so normalized now for our generation,” Marshburn said.

Jimmy Willis, a Laney High School senior, said he had two friends in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. “It just hit home. It made me worry about all of my friends and myself and going to school every day, not feeling that safe”, Willis said.

The nationwide March For Our Lives website currently says more than 800 marches are planned for Saturday across the nation.

To learn more about March For Our Lives, click here.