Students from Parkland, FL, Discuss Gun Laws in Charlottesville
The Road to Change campaign, which was created out of the efforts of the March for Our Lives student activists, made one of two scheduled Virginia stops in Charlottesville.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Road to Change campaign, which was created out of the efforts of the March for Our Lives student activists, made one of two scheduled Virginia stops in Charlottesville.
After organizing the March for Our Lives, the group wanted to take its message on the road for a nationwide tour.
Student activists from across the country gathered at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Friday, August 3, to hold a community discussion about gun violence in the United States.
"The road to change has kind of allowed us to bring our message of gun violence prevention and take it from just Parkland and bring it to your front door step,” says Jammal Lemy, a student from Parkland.
People filled the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville Friday night to discuss the effects of gun violence in the country.
"The fact that the Road to Change tour is coming to these towns that are having these issues are so important because we are students and our lives are being threatened," says Halle Early, who lives in Charlottesville.
The discussion panel included several students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which was the target of a deadly mass shooting in February.
The students-turned-activists say they want to spend their summer engaging with different communities.
“We want to continue this, we want to have people not only listen to us but continue to research and educate themselves when we leave their town," says Lemy.
The panel also featured students from the Charlottesville area.
“That’s part of what inspired me to get involved in this," says Samyuktha Mahadeyan, who lives in Charlottesville
Mahadeyan says she was inspired following the events of August 11 and 12 last year.
"So I want people to take that energy and whatever anger and frustration they have and use it towards a positive cause,” says Mahadeyan.
The students are working to get more people registered to vote, and also want lawmakers to enact new gun laws.
"Being on tour this entire summer has probably been the most inspiring motivational thing in my whole life, and connecting with so many youth activists that are screaming and begging for change - their communities and meeting with them and seeing what happened at my school - seeing their struggles and hearing their stories inspires me even further and reminds me how important this movement is,” says Kyrah Simona student from Parkland.
Friday night’s event drew over 200 people, and was one of several stops on the road to change along the East Coast.