Latest from Parkland: School security, survivors & confronting lawmakers

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Seventeen teenagers and teachers—shot and killed by a 19-year-old the FBI failed to act on.

Now, the people closest to the families going home to one less person are putting gun violence and laws front and center.

Children are already taking their message to the White House. Seventeen teens lied down in front of the gates as a visual reminder of the 17 victims whose deaths could have been prevented.

And right now, teenagers who survived the Parkland shooting are preparing to travel to Florida’s capitol to seek out lawmakers about changing gun laws in the country.

“It’s not fair; we shouldn’t be afraid to go to school, we should feel safe,” said student Alexis Nilsson.

The students are also inspiring an online movement, titled “Never Again”, to save others from the horror they experienced first hand.

“We’re going to demand change. I mean, enough is enough,” said student Madison Lial.

Carly Orenstein goes to another Parkland school, but is in the fight with her friends to change gun laws.

“It takes a lot of courage,” she said. “It takes a lot of strength to do that because a lot of those adults over there, they’re going to say we’re too young to understand.”

But Orenstein will be there to tell those lawmakers they do understand, and will push their message, one she hopes will stick.

“We are so small and nobody across the county knew who we were before Feb. 14,” Orenstein said. “Now everybody knows who we are and we don’t want anybody to forget us—never.”


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