Following the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, local students led thousand of protesters against gun violence at a rally in San Luis Obispo on Saturday.
Marches were held around the world with protesters seeking stricter gun control laws while also honoring the 17 victims from the Feb. 15 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Building on the momentum of last week’s National School Walkout, students demanded change.
People gathered at Mitchell Park where they listened to emotional speeches from local high school students who talked of their fears and also their goal of stricter gun control laws.
“We are endlessly proud to stand in solidarity with the kids from Parkland,” said Elena Cota, a senior at SLO High School. “We are going to makes sure that the next generation of voters does not have to know what a school shooter drill is.”