Parkland Students Rally With Columbine Survivors on 19th Anniversary of the Attack

About 60 survivors—and student activists—born out of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, traveled to the infamous Columbine High School in Colorado as part of the Vote for Our Lives rally.

The Columbine massacre—where 13 people died and 20 were injured—was 19 years ago today. The students of Stoneman Douglas weren’t alive then, but they’ve found themselves connected to the Columbine survivors and community.

Carlos Rodriguez, a Parkland student, addressed the crowd on behalf of the Parkland students:

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Two months ago, Douglas faced what Columbine faced 19 years ago. I have had two months to understand what it’s like to feel alone, what it’s like to feel despair, what it’s like to feel pain. We have been eternally scarred, and now we share a common voice … This nation should have realized that the right to live, the right to feel safe is more important than the right to bear arms 19 years ago.

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Earlier today, a 17-year-old dstudent in Ocala was shot and wounded right before students were about to walk out to protest gun violence. A suspect, who was not a student, was taken into custody.

“The fact that it happened on this day, in a way, reinforces what we are trying to get across,” Ryan Servaites, a Stoneman Douglas freshman told CNN. “This happens. It is an issue. We see more people dying. Children are being hurt.”

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