Rally and march for school safety, Saturday March 24 at 2:30pm
Sedona AZ (March 14, 2018) – March For Our Lives has announced that over 400 marches will take place around the country and other world cities in support of youth marching on Washington D.C. on March 24th, demanding safety from gun violence in their schools. A local rally and march, being organized by a coalition of community organizations and students, will take place in Sedona starting at Red Rock High School at 2:30 PM.
March for Our Lives was formed following the Parkland Florida shooting that killed 17 and injured 14. As of February 2018, there have been six school shootings this year in which a gun was discharged and victims were either injured or killed.
The Sedona event at Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road will begin with a rally at 2:30 P.M. Speakers will include students, teachers and parents. Students from area schools are organizing classmates to attend.
“We want safety in our schools” said Mackenzie King, a student at Mingus High School. “We shouldn’t have to worry about things like assault weapons and mass shootings.”
“It is important to have this event at the school” said Toby Friedman, an event organizer. “Students should be learning and growing, not worrying if this is their last day in a classroom or if an AR15 will be pointed at them. This is about not allowing one more child to be shot.”
The rally will be followed by a march into West Sedona. “We want people to see and hear our message that we must protect our kids, so it makes sense to march into the commercial district” said Ellen Ferreira, also involved in organizing the event. “School safety isn’t a political issue. We need common sense change. We need to listen to these kids.”