LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – on Saturday, hundreds of thousands of marchers turned out in Washington D.C. calling for action against gun violence, most of them were high school students.
ABC 36′ spoke with some high schooler’s from Lexington who went to D.C. to be a voice for the bluegrass.
Demonstrators across the globe flooded the streets in a student-driven movement and Lexington students say it was unlike anything they have ever seen before.
They took the trip hoping to make a difference.
“We were standing there for like four or five hours listening to these speakers, almost all of them are under the age of 20, almost all of them are teenagers, almost all of them are students, almost all of them are like me, the same age as me. So if they can do it, why cant we?”
When word got out about “march for our Lives”, Allington Bowling and her family thought it would be a great idea to go.
Bowling and her parents, along with some other students loaded up a 12 passenger van and made a weekend of it.
“It speaks to our generation that we say we won’t give up, and we mean it and I think that it is such an incredible experience to be among that. You are surrounded by 800,000 people and you are shoulder to shoulder, which makes it even better, you feel unified.”
Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior, Olivia Geveden, says she doesn’t feel safe in school like she used to. Regardless of the new safety measures, she says she is always wondering if it could happen to her.
“There is always that thought in the back of my mind, Am I next? That is a thought I think every kid has regardless if you are at Dunbar or at Lafayette. There are so many different people and you don’t know what they are going to do and the accessibility that we have to firearms at such a young age, someone could just walk in and do anything that they want.”
Regardless of the movement’s outcome, Bowling says this is only the beginning.
“When politicians say that we are too young to have a voice on the subject, they forget that students are the core of this subject, students are the people who are actually being shot at in schools, they are the ones curled up in the corner of their classrooms watching their friends die right in front of their eyes. This movement does not end after this march because the march is not the end of the movement, it is the beginning and it wont change everything but it is definitely the spark that lights the fire.”
Officials say more than 800,000 people of all ages and backgrounds showed up to march, and those who couldn’t make it hosted their own marches close to home, including one that happened downtown Lexington on Saturday.