A protester holds their sign aloft in support of the "March of Our Lives" event on March 24 in Topeka. The main march was held in Washington, D.C., but sister marches were held all over the country.

Lexi Loya

Modern movement inspires students

April 14, 2018

Gun violence. It’s an important topic in our country right now and has been for a long time. There have already been several school shootings in the beginning months of 2018, with the most devastating attack happening at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14. Seventeen lives were taken that day, lives that didn’t deserve to end.

Gun violence has been an issue in our country for too long, and finally, people are starting to make real change. Did I or anyone else expect those people to be high school-aged kids? No. But maybe it’s poetic justice this way. The adults that are charged with protecting our youth weren’t succeeding so the youth took their protection into their own hands.

After attending the march in Topeka and seeing how many people went to the one in Washington, D.C., I realized just how many people were passionate about this issue. There were people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds at the marches. I really thought only younger people would show up, but I’m happy I was proven wrong.

Still, we need to do better. No child should be afraid to go to school due to gun violence. The fact that they are now is just so incredibly sad. We can’t let this issue be swept under the rug like so many other’s have. Even though it may be tiring to keep having this conversation or to see it on the news all the time, we can’t stop talking about it until we fix it.

Enough is enough.

Lexi Loya

“I went to the march because I had the opportunity and I wanted to act on my views and be a part of something more. The march was incredibly empowering. Not only did it make me feel like I’m not the only one that felt this way, but it also was kind of amazing to see all these people standing up for the same reason and really caring. It was a really cool experience.”

– senior Abby Kaff

Nathalia Barr
Freshman Hadley Kaff, senior Abby Kaff and freshman Emma Doane attend the “March for Our Lives” in Kansas City on March 24.

“I went…because I genuinely care about the issues. The issue is that we as a society should protect children from guns and school shootings, and that is an issue I am very adamant about.While I was there, I was constantly on the verge of tears. I had so many different emotions going through me.”

– freshman Hadley Kaff

Nathalia Barr

“I think it’s our generation’s job to kind of make the change. I understand you can’t just take away guns…but I definitely believe in common-sense gun laws and making it much harder to obtain weapons. The fact that it’s so easy to [get a gun] is really scary.”

– sophomore Lexi Morse




“I feel like [gun control is] extremely important in general. And I think it’s absolutely ridiculous how somehow every other country in the world has learned to handle this and we are so just blinded by the Second Amendment that we would rather have our guns than save lives.”

– sophomore Aislinn Sanchez




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